2021-10-10 04:48:40 India police arrest Ajay Mishra’s son over killing of farmers | Police News
India police arrest Ajay Mishra’s son over killing of farmers | Police News
The son of a junior home minister is accused of running over a group of farmers protesting in Uttar Pradesh.
Indian police have detained the son of a junior minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government as a suspect, just days after nine people were killed during farmer protests in northern India against contentious agriculture laws.
According to Upendra Agarwal, a police officer, Ashish Mishra was arrested on Saturday after a day of questioning in Lakhimpur Kheri, a town in Uttar Pradesh state.
He is the son of Ajay Mishra, the Junior Home Minister.
Farm leaders claimed on Sunday that a car owned by the minister ran over a group of protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, killing four people. According to reports, the minister’s son was in the vehicle at the time.
Ajay Mishra stated that his son was not present at the incident, but that a car driven by “our driver” lost control and collided with the farmers after the farmers threw stones at the car and attacked it with sticks and swords.
The protesters killed the driver and three members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the aftermath of the incident.
Mishra was arrested, according to Agarwal, after he “failed to furnish any supportive evidence to prove that he was not present in any of the three vehicles that plowed through a crowd of farmers, killing four of them.”
The arrest came a day after India’s Supreme Court chastised the state government for failing to apprehend Ashish Mishra.
On Friday, the minister’s son made the police wait for hours before sending a message saying he was ill and couldn’t make it.
Darshan Pal, a farmer’s leader, and Akhilesh Singh, a leader of the opposition Congress party, have demanded that his father be removed from Modi’s government.
In connection with the deaths of the four farmers, police said earlier this week that they had arrested six people and filed a criminal complaint against 14 others, including Ajay Mishra.
According to Arvind Chaurasia, a senior official in charge of the district, the BJP has also filed a criminal complaint against the farmers in connection with the deaths of its members and the car driver.
Police also stated that they recovered the body of a local journalist who was killed in the ensuing violence on Sunday, but did not elaborate on how he was killed.
The escalation of violence was part of a larger protest against agriculture laws that farmers say will destroy their livelihoods. The protests have lasted since the government passed the laws last September, and they have been one of Modi’s most serious challenges.
Thousands of farmers gathered last week on the outskirts of the capital, New Delhi, to commemorate a year of protests.
According to the government, the changes in the laws were required to modernize agriculture and increase production through private investment.
Farmers, on the other hand, claim that the laws will devastate their earnings by ending guaranteed pricing and forcing them to sell their crops to corporations at lower prices.