A forensic investigation into the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre has revealed that the gun owned by Ashish Mishra Teni and his associate had been fired at the incident.
Four weapons, including a rifle belonging to Ashish Mishra alias Monu Mishra, had been seized following the Lakhimpur violence. A pistol owned by Ankit Das, nephew of former Union minister Akhilesh Das, and a repeater gun, which was with Das’ bodyguard Lateef Kale, were also among them.
Though the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report confirmed that the weapons had been discharged, it does not specify whether they were fired on the day of the violence or some other day.
A forensic report of the fourth weapon, a revolver owned by Das’ aide Satya Prakash, is awaited.
“Of the four weapons sent for ballistic examination to the FSL, it has been confirmed that firing took place from three, including Ashish Mishra’s rifle. However, the report did not confirm when the firing took place,” a senior official said here.
This vindicates the stand of the SKM that the farmers were shot at, and clearly implicates the son of Minister of State, Ajay Mishra Teni.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court in its hearing on the case, had pointed to the UP government’s attempts to “protect one person” in the case. The facts of the case are now well established.
SKM has reiterated its demand for the dismissal and arrest of Ajay Mishra Teni, and a Supreme Court monitored investigation in the case.
Indefinite Dharna at Hansi’s SP office in Narnaund
In Narnaund, the indefinite dharna outside Hansi’s SP office continues for the second day, with the administration remaining unwilling to take back the cases against the two farmers for showing black flags, and registering a case for the assault against BJP MP Ram Chander Jangra.
Thousands of farmers, and farm leaders have joined the dharna to seek justice in the case. Yesterday, the talks between the farm leaders and administration broke down, after the administration refused to register a case against BJP MP Ram Chander Jangra. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Singh Rana, the farmer who was grievously injured in the incident, continues to fight for his life.