Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra, whose son Ashish has been named in a police complaint as being involved in the deadly violence in Uttar Pradesh that left eight people dead over the weekend, told NDTV that the vehicle was seen running over farmers, What reportedly triggered the clashes was actually his. However, the minister said that neither he nor his son was present at the time of the incident.
“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. Our 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 and CDR, 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 in an interview.
“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.”
The minister’s clarification came on a day when a video of the minister’s SUV purportedly of farmers shouting slogans at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh was widely shared on social media, including one of ruling BJP MP Varun Gandhi. Were.
The video being shared widely on social media is yet to be confirmed by the police. NDTV cannot independently verify its authenticity. It is also not clear from the pictures who is in the driving seat. The farmers allege that an SUV of Ashish Mishra crushed the protesters.
The incident took place when a group of farmers protesting in Tikoniya area of Kheri tried to stop Mishra and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya from entering. The protesters were upset by Mr. Mishra’s recent speech.
When asked about the speech in which he had said, “Face me, it will take only two minutes to discipline you people”, which seems to have angered the farmers before Sunday’s violence, Ajoy Mishra said that His comments were misunderstood.
“If you look at the full speech, it was given in the farmers’ meeting. On September 25, in front of a gurudwara, I gave that speech in the farmers’ meeting and in that I spoke of the people who called the farmers’ meeting. Was torn. Posters at night, and said that these people cannot be farmers. Who tore the pictures of Bharat Mata, PM, our hoardings before the Kisan Sammelan? They are riotous, violent. And action should be taken against these violent people. I just said that you should improve, otherwise the state and administration will correct you with their own laws.
The minister declined to say whether he was questioned by the police.
Speaking about his son’s name in the FIR, he said, “The police did not add his name in the FIR. He was added by the people who gave the complaint. In the complaint, he is mentioned. It is a matter of investigation, It will all be clear after investigation. I have told you clearly that we have evidence. It is not without proof that we are saying. There is a distance of 3-4 km between the scene of the incident and the venue. That’s it. The venue was constantly there. He neither went to the venue nor did I.”
Mr Mishra denied that there was any pressure on him to step down after the incident. “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.