Lakhimpur Kheri case: Ashish Misra, another accused denied bail

Union minister Ajay Misra’s son Ashish, who was arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, and one other person were denied bail by a magistrate’s court on Wednesday.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Chinta Ram rejected the bail applications of Ashish Misra and his alleged accomplice Ashish Pandey.

Ashish Misra was arrested on October 9 by UP Police’s special investigation team (SIT) after 12 hours of questioning. Ashish Misra, along with another accused, Shekhar Bharti, were sent to three days in police custody from Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Ashish Misra and his alleged accomplice Ankit Das were cross-questioned for an hour by the UP Police Crime Branch today. Ankit Das, who surrendered before the police on Tuesday, accepted that he had escaped to Nepal on October 8.

However, Ankit Das denied that Ashish Misra was present in the Fortuner during the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. He also claimed that no firing took place during the incident.

Meanwhile, Ankit Das was sent to judicial custody till October 22. He was also remanded to three-day police custody till October 17.

Speaking to India Today, Ankit Das said, “I am innocent. I have no role in the incident. We were just in the fleet. I have full faith in the judiciary.”

Police have so far arrested four people in connection with the case — Ashish Misra, Lavkush, Ashish Pandey and Shekhar Bharti.

Source – India Today