Lakhimpur Kheri violence case: Ashish Mishra refused bail, two more arrested

Ankit Das and Latif alias Kale, who appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT), were taken into custody after questioning and brought before a court which remanded them in pre-trial detention for 14 days, said official sources.

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

While the police requested their custody for questioning, their lawyer objected, saying that no recovery was to be made from them.

The court reserved its order on the request for pre-trial detention of the two, they said.

Senior Public Prosecutor (SPO) SP Yadav told PTI that Ashish Mishra and his alleged accomplice Ashish Pandey filed for bail on Wednesday, but they were rejected by the magistrate in Chief Chinta Ram.

Ashish Mishra, who was arrested on October 9 by the special investigative team after 12 hours of questioning, was sent to three days in police custody from Tuesday.

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

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

Ankit Das and Kale, who is said to be a close friend of Ashish Mishra,
appeared before SIT at the Lakhimpur Criminal Branch office earlier today.

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

Das is the nephew of former minister Akhilesh Das.

On Tuesday, Das and Kale had filed a request for postponement before the chief justice.

Two BJP employees, a minister’s driver and a journalist were among those killed in the violence.