Four more people, including a BJP leader who was seen inside the van that ran over protesting farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, have been arrested today.
“Defendants Sumit Jaiswal, Shishupal, Nandan Singh Bisht and Satya Prakash Tripathi have been arrested by Lakhimpur Kheri Police and the Crime Branch SWAT team. A licensed revolver and three bullets were recovered from Satya Prakash Tripathi and confiscated, “said a police statement.
Local BJP leader Sumit Jaiswal, who was seen on video getting out of the van, had previously filed a murder FIR against unidentified farmers, alleging that his driver, a friend, and two BJP workers were beaten to death. and that he found out from social media later.
In the video, Jaiswal was seen running from the Thar van that collided with the protesters from behind.
Four farmers and a journalist were run over on October 3 by a convoy of three vehicles, one of which belongs to Union Minister Ajay Mishra. Mishra’s son was arrested on October 9, five days after he was named in a murder case on charges that generally warrant immediate arrest. His arrest came after 12 hours of police questioning, which in turn came after an intervention by the Supreme Court.
An FIR was presented at the Tikonia police station on October 3 for the episode. Subsequently, a counter-FIR was filed at the same police station on the basis of a complaint by Sumit Jaiswal, who has now been detained.
Sumit Jaiswal also claimed that the protesters attacked Ajay Mishra’s convoy, and not the other way around. He also claimed that the car was not moving and that it was the protesters who attacked the convoy.
“We were at the program headquarters. There was an atmosphere of fear. They were armed with sticks and stones and they kept attacking us, abusing us,” he said. They also yelled “Khalistan Zindabad. They got in the car,” he said.
Ashish Mishra has denied the allegation that he was at the crime scene when the killings occurred; He has claimed that he was in his hometown (about two kilometers away) and stayed there all day.