Ashish Mishra was remanded in 3-day police custody in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.

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The Uttar Pradesh police arrested Ashish Mishra on Saturday despite his attempts to evade the law enforcement agencies. 
On Monday, the Uttar Pradesh police got three-day custody of Ashish Mishra, the son of Union minister of state for home affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra’ Teni’, for his alleged role in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.
Senior prosecuting officer SP Yadav said that no coercion or torture would take place as per Supreme Court guidelines, and Ashish Mishra may have a lawyer of his choice during interrogation. Still, the lawyer would watch the process from a distance so that no interference is caused.
The Uttar Pradesh police arrested Ashish Mishra on Saturday despite his attempts to evade the law enforcement agencies. He was then interrogated for nearly 12 hours, following which a local court remanded him to judicial custody for 14 days.
However, the Uttar Pradesh police sought Ashish Mishra’s police custody, and he was produced before the court earlier in the day. Two other accused, Luv Kush and Ashish Pandey, close aides of Ashish Mishra, were arrested on Thursday.
The arrests followed hours after the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to submit a report within a day on how many arrests have been made so far in connection with the case.
Eight people, including four farmers and a local journalist, died during the violence after an SUV belonging to Ashish Mishra and a convoy of cars mowed down a group of protesting farmers from behind at Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella of farmers’ unions, alleged that one of the deceased farmers was shot dead by Ashish Mishra. At the same time, the rest were allegedly run over by the vehicles of his convoy. The Union minister and his son, however, denied the claims.

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