Union Home Minister Amit Shah today met his Minister of State Ajay Mishra and demanded his sacking amid allegations by the opposition Son Crushed farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh.
Talking to NDTV On Tuesday, Ajay Mishra denied that there was any pressure on him to step down. “that’s why I [resign]? There is no pressure on us, we will investigate it and action will be taken against those involved, who hatched the conspiracy.
Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri in protest against Ajay Mishra’s visit to the area for an event on Sunday.
A car allegedly ran over the protesters in the minister’s convoy, and Farmers’ charge It was operated by his son Ashish Mishra.
NS to the police A case of murder has been registered against Ashish Mishra but he has not been arrested yet.
Though the minister has admitted that the SUV belonged to him, both he and his son Ashish Mishra have denied being present at the spot.
“From day one, we’ve been clear that [Mahindra] Thar is ours, which is in our name. And the car was going to pick up our workers and pick up someone. My son was second. From 11 in the morning till evening he was organizing another program. My son was there, there were thousands. There are photos and videos. If you take out his call record, then location… you can check everything. Thousands of people are even ready to give an affidavit that Ashish Mishra was there,” Ajay Mishra told NDTV.
“As far as the vehicle is concerned, I was clear that my driver was killed, two workers were killed. One worker survived, three workers were injured, and after that, the car stopped there. After that, the car was pushed. Diya and vehicle and another Fortuner got burnt. Such people cannot be farmers. They are extremists hiding among farmers.”
A video, apparently of the minister’s SUV hitting a group of marching farmers, was shared widely on social media, including Varun Gandhi, an MP of the ruling BJP.
Police are yet to confirm this video. NDTV cannot independently verify its authenticity. It is also not clear from the pictures who is in the driving seat.