Lucknow Range Inspector General of Police (IG) Laxmi Singh said on Thursday that Uttar Pradesh Police has detained two people in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and summons will be sent to the main accused Ashish Mishra Teni.
New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Police has detained two persons for questioning in connection with Lakhimpur Kheri violence and main accused Ashish Mishra Teni will be summoned, Inspector General of Police (IG), Lucknow Range, Laxmi Singh said on Thursday.
“Two people are being questioned. They have confirmed the role of three others who are dead. Technically, they have also been accounted for. These people are giving a lot of information. We are the main accused (Ashish). Mishra) for questioning, Lucknow IG Laxmi Singh told media persons.
Ashish Mishra Teni is the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni. The United Kisan Morcha (SKM) alleged that Ajay Mishra’s son Teni was involved in the violence. However, both the Union Minister of State and his son have denied the allegations of SKM.
Meanwhile, sources in the Uttar Pradesh government said that the police have recovered empty shells of bullets from the violence site.
Lucknow range IG said, “Incidents of firing or any firearm injuries have not been confirmed… So, we have to go ahead with the other evidence that has been given to us.”
A single-member inquiry commission was constituted under the chairmanship of retired High Court Judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava with headquarters at Lakhimpur Kheri to probe the death of 8 people in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. The commission has been given two months to complete the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file a status report on the accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence against whom an FIR has been lodged and how many of them have been arrested. A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hema Kohli sought a report from the state government on the status of the case registered in connection with the incident and the PILs in the matter before the Allahabad High Court.
A total of eight people, including four farmers, were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on October 3.
First published:October 7, 2021, 5:43 pm