sit: SIT summons over 50 farmers in Kheri case, arrests 4 aides of minister’s son | India News

sit: SIT summons over 50 farmers in Kheri case, arrests 4 aides of minister’s son | India News


LUCKNOW: Over 50 farmers have been summoned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with an FIR on the alleged lynching of three BJP workers during the violence that broke out in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3. In another development later in the day, the SIT arrested four aides of Union minister of state for home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish. The accused, including Sumit Jaiswal, who got the counter-complaint lodged against the farmers, had been absconding after their convoy allegedly mowed down four farmers and a journalist.
In a video that went viral, purportedly from the Kheri violence, Jaiswal, in a blue kurta, was seen coming out of the Thar (an SUV) that ran farmers over. He gave multiple interviews to news channels thereafter. The day the SIT was formed, he suddenly went missing. The other three accused were identified as Shishupal, who was allegedly driving the third SUV (a white Scorpio), Nandan Singh Bisht and Satya Prakash Tripathi.
A licensed pistol and three bullets were recovered from Tripathi, a resident of Kaushambi district, who was in the second SUV (a black Fortuner) and had fled the spot. Jaiswal is a BJP worker and a ward member from Lakhimpur city while Nandan Singh Bisht is an accountant for Ankit Das, one of the key accused in the case who was arrested earlier along with Mishra following protests by farmer groups. A total of 10 arrests have been made by the SIT in the case.
SIT officials said the four were arrested from their respective residences. A senior official claimed the four were present at the spot on the day of the incident.
Special prosecution officer S P Yadav told TOI the four accused will be produced in front of a remand magistrate on Tuesday since the regular court will be closed on account of a holiday. “SIT is questioning the accused and may seek remand custody if needed,” he said.
Meanwhile, 15 farmers appeared before the SIT on Monday to record their statements in the alleged lynching case after notices were issued to them under sections of the CrPC. An SIT member said, “We have been investigating both the FIRs and the farmers were summoned in connection to the second FIR and they were sent back after questioning.”
Every farmer was questioned for over 15 minutes in the presence of their advocate Mohammed Amaan, sources said. Jasbir Singh Virk, president of Bhartiya Sikh Sangathan, told TOI that of the 15 farmers who appeared before the SIT, only 11 recorded their statement due to lack of time. “The SIT asked questions related to the incident and the same statement was recorded for both the FIRs. They were asked questions such as how did they realise they were in danger and what did they do after farmers were mowed down etc. We have told the SIT members that farmers will cooperate with them,” he said.





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