Junior Home Minister's Son, Accused Of Killing 4 UP Farmers, To Face Trial

Videos showing the car ramming farmers were widely circulated, triggering anger and fierce criticism of state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his government.

Lucknow:

Ashish Mishra, son of junior Home Minister Ajay Mishra, will face trial for allegedly running an SUV over farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri last year, after a court today rejected his appeal, and that of other accused, to be dropped from case. The court will frame charges against all accused tomorrow.

A charge sheet has been filed against all accused.

On October 3 last year, Ashish Mishra was allegedly in a Mahindra Thar  SUV that ran over four farmers and a journalist at Lakhimpur Kheri during a protest march against three (since scrapped) farm laws. Following the incident, the driver and two BJP workers were allegedly lynched by angry farmers.

Days before the Lakhimpur incident, Ajay Mishra (the father) had, in a speech in the area, allegedly threatened to "fix farmers in two minutes" if they didn't drop their agitation.

The Junior Mishra was arrested only days later - after the Supreme Court intervened.

On April 18 this year, the Supreme Court cancelled the bail granted to Ashish Mishra in the case and asked him to surrender in a week, saying the 'victims' were denied "a fair and effective hearing" in the Allahabad High Court which adopted a "myopic view of the evidence".

Videos showing the car ramming farmers were widely circulated, triggering anger and fierce criticism of state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his government.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had appointed a committee headed by retired Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Rakesh Kumar Jain to monitor the probe into the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

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