Union Minister Ajay Mishra, whose son Ashish was accused of crushing farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, has landed in another soup. A video of the BJP leader has now gone viral, where he is seen abusing the media and calling them “choir (thieves) “.
“Befkufi Ke Sawaal Mat Kiya Karo, Dimaag Kharab Hai Kya, Phone Band Kar De. Yehin Media Wale Choron ne Nirdosh Aadmi koâ¦ sharam nahi aati hai (Don’t ask stupid questions. Are you crazy? These media people, thievesâ¦ they are not ashamed), âthe minister said. Finally, he also pounces on a journalist.
The video was shot as the minister visited his hometown, Lakhimpur Kheri, to inaugurate a children’s and maternity hospital. He also met his son who was imprisoned yesterday.
Opposition parties demanded the dismissal of the Union Cabinet minister after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) declared the deaths of the four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri to be a “well-planned conspiracy” and not a accident. SP leader Akhilesh Yadav and UP Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu called for Mishra’s immediate dismissal to ensure a fair investigation into the case.
Congress Secretary General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra posted the video on Twitter and reiterated her demand to sack Mishra.
The October incident left eight people dead when a jeep crashed into a group of farmers returning from a protest against the minister. Videos, which emerged in the aftermath of the incident, showed vehicles struck farmers from behind without provocation. A journalist died after being crushed under the wheels of the jeep. After this incident, three BJP workers were beaten to death by an angry mob in retaliation.
Following the incident, a case was filed against Ashish for the murder of four farmers and a journalist. Under the relevant sections, the SIT had sent all the accused, including Ashish, to jail.
On Tuesday, the CJM court in Lakhimpur accepted the SIT’s request to add new IPC sections against Ashish and other defendants.
The incident had sparked massive outrage among farmers. As the BJP prepares for the 2022 polls, the incident could make Mishra’s problems even worse. Last month, the Supreme Court ordered the special investigative team to complete the investigation quickly. He also added three IPS officers to the team – those who are not from Uttar Pradesh, although they are assigned to the UP cadre. This was done out of fear that the local police would manipulate the investigation.
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