Lakhimpur Kheri: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday granted bail to prime accused Union minister Ajai Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Misra alias Monu in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in which eight people including four farmers were killed. However, the accused is still in jail even after getting the bail.
In the chargesheet filed by the Lakhimpur Police, Ashish Misra has been accused under sections 147, 148, 149, 302, 307, 326, 34, 427 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code. He has also been charged under relevant sections of the Arms Act.
However, the bail order issued by the Allahabad high court makes no mention of sections 302 and 120B, where Section 302 pertains to murder, Section 120B deals with criminal conspiracy. Since these two sections have been left out from the bail order, Ashish Misra cannot be released.
To get Ashish Misrs, out of jail his lawyer is needed to add the two remaining sections to the court’s bail order.
For the unversed, a video was widely circulated on the internet that showed an SUV ramming farmers and crushing them without breaking speed. The SUV was allegedly drove by Ashish Mishra which mercilessly mowed down eight people at Lakhimpur Kheri that day on October 3, last year including four farmers and a journalist. The incident occurred at a farmers’ protest ahead of a visit to Lakhimpur by Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. After the farmers were run over, violence broke out in which three more, including two BJP workers, were killed.