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Lakhimpur Kheri violence |Ashish Mishra denied bail, two more arrested

Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra's son Ashish Mishra being taken from crime branch office to be produced before magistrate, in Lakhimpur Kheri, Saturday night, Oct. 9, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Two more persons were on Wednesday arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, while a court here denied bail to the main accused, Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra.

Ankit Das and Latif alias Kale, who appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT), were taken in custody after questioning and produced in court, which sent them to judicial remand for 14 days, official sources said.

With this, the total number of people arrested in connection with the mowing down of four farmers here on October 3 has gone up to six.

While the police sought their custody for interrogation, their lawyer opposed it saying no recovery is to be done from them.

The court reserved its order on the application for police remand of the two, they said.

Senior Prosecution Officer S.P. Yadav told PTI that Mr. Ashish Mishra and his alleged accomplice Ashish Pandey moved bail applications on Wednesday but they were rejected by Chief Judicial Magistrate Chinta Ram.

Mr. Ashish Mishra, who was arrested on October 9 by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) after 12 hours of questioning, was sent to three days in police custody from Tuesday.

The court also remanded Shekhar Bharti, arrested on Tuesday, in police custody for three days.

Police have now arrested six people — Mr. Ashish Mishra, Luvkush, Ashish Pandey, Bharti, Mr. Das and Mr. Kale — in connection with the case.

Mr. Ankit Das, and Mr. Kale, who is said to be a close friend of Ashish Mishra, appeared before the SIT at the crime branch office in Lakhimpur earlier in the day on Wednesday.

The investigators had summoned Mr. Das and Mr. Kale for questioning in connection with the October 3 violence that had left eight people, including four farmers, dead.

Mr. Das is the nephew of former Minister Akhilesh Das. On Tuesday, Mr. Das and Mr. Kale had moved an application for surrender before the Chief Judicial Magistrate.

Two Bharatiya Janata Party workers, a driver of the Minister, and a journalist, were among those killed in the violence.

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