Lucknow: The special investigation team (SIT) of Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday filed a 5,000-page chargesheet in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence against 14 people, including Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra.
Exactly three months ago, four protesting farmers and a journalist were allegedly run over by a convoy during a farmers’ protest in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri district. Violence then broke out between the two parties, leading to the death of two BJP workers.
“On Monday, the SIT filed a chargesheet which is around 5,000 pages against 14 persons into the death of four farmers and a journalist in the local court of Lakhimpur. The chargsheet has been filed on various charges, including murder and attempt to murder,” senior prosecuting officer SP Yadav said.
Thirteen of the chargesheeted persons, including Ashish Mishra, are in jail currently. The 14th person — Virendra Kumar Shukla, who has been charged with destruction of evidence – has not arrested yet been arrested. Shukla is Ajay Mishra’s distant relative and a block pramukh, The Indian Express reported.
The bail application of Ashish Mishra, who was arrested a week after the incident, is pending in the high court.