Four more people including the BJP leader who was seen in the SUV that ran between the protesting farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri were arrested on Monday.
“Accused Sumit Jaiswal, Shishupal, Nandan Singh Bisht and Satya Prakash Tripathi have been arrested by Lakhimpur Kheri Police and SWAT team of Crime branch. Licensed revolver and three bullets were recovered from Satya Prakash Tripathi and seized,” said a statement released by senior police official Prashant Kumar.
BJP leader Sumit Jaiswal, who was seen in a viral video getting away from the lead SUV in the escort of vehicles that squashed the farmers, had registered a murder FIR earlier against the ambiguous farmers, asserting his driver, companion and two BJP workers were pounded into the ground after their vehicles let completely go because of substantial stone pelting and inadvertently hit farmers.
In that viral video, Mr Jaiswal was seen escaping from the SUV that was running between the farmers from back.
Four farmers and a journalist were run over on October 3 by an escort of three vehicles, one of which has a place with Union Minister of state for home, Ajay Mishra. Mr Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was arrested on October 9, five days after he was named in the murder identified with the episode on charges which ordinarily merit immediate arrest. The groups of farmers who kicked the bucket asserted in their objection to the police that Ashish was inside the lead SUV that squashed the farmers. His arrest followed 12 hours of police addressing which thus came after an intercession by the Supreme Court.
The FIR was registered into the case on October 3 at Tikonia police station and later a counter-FIR was also registered on the complaint of Sumit Jaiswal, who is now arrested.
Mr Jaiswal had claimed that the protesters also attacked Ashish Mishra’s convoy. He even asserted that the car was not moving and it was only the protesters who attacked tha convoy.
“We were at the programme venue. There was an atmosphere of fear. They were armed with sticks and rocks and they kept attacking us, abusing us,” he said. They also shouted “Khalistan Zindabad. They climbed the car,” he claimed.
Meanwhile, Ashish Mishra has denied all the charges saying that he was not even present at the crime scene when the incident happened. He said that he was at his paternal village which is about 2 km away during the incident and stayed there all day.