Lakhimpur Kheri violence case: Ashish Mishra appears before UP Police

Ashish Mishra-09LUCKNOW: Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra’s son Ashish Misra appeared on Saturday before Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that killed eight people, including four farmers. His interrogation is going on at the Crime Branch office in Lakhimpur Kheri police lines.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court pulled up the UP government on Friday for not arresting Ashish Misra who allegedly ran his car over protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri last week. India Today Reported India Today.
The Lakhimpur police started questioning Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra on Saturday after he appeared before the investigators at the crime branch office at Lakhimpur reserve police lines, officials said.Uttar Pradesh Police have been interrogating Ashish Misra for the last four hours. During the interrogation, his mobile was also seized for investigation. A lot of his supporters have also reached the Crime Branch office in Lakhimpur Kheri where interrogation of Ashish Mishra is going on. Mishra’s lawyer Awadhesh Singh is also present there along with Sadar MLA Yogesh Verma.
The UP police had pasted a summon letter outside his residence, asking him to appear before the police inquiry related to the Lakhimpur Kheri case in which eight people were killed. According to a senior police official said Ashish Mishra reached the crime branch office at 10:40 am on Saturday. He appeared A few hours after the Lakhimpur police on Friday evening issued a second notice asking him to appear in connection with the violence that killed eight people, including four farmers.

Ashish Mishra, the prime accused in the case, was accompanied by his counsel Awadesh Singh and Lakhimpur Sadar MLA Yogesh Verma of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).According to sources, Ashish Misra could not provide proof of his whereabouts from October 3 between 2:36 pm to 3:30 pm. Mishra was taken to a room inside the crime branch office where police personnel investigating the matter began questioning him. His counsel accompanied him in the questioning.

The second notice was issued against Ashish Mishra on Friday after he failed to show up in response to the first one and missed his 10 am deadline on Friday. Like the first, the second notice was pasted on the minister’s Lakhimpur Kheri residence directing Ashish Mishra to appear before the Lakhimpur Kheri police crime branch at reserve police lines at 10 am on Friday.
(With Media Reports).

PBKS: Register Dubious Record After Failing To Qualify For Playoffs Again This Season

Punjab-KingsNEW DELHI : Punjab Kings (PBKS), led by batter KL Rahul, finished sixth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 points table and failed to qualify for the playoffs yet again. The unsuccessful campaign this season led to them achieving a dubious record which the franchise would want to forget quickly.

PBKS (earlier Kings XI Punjab) went past Delhi Capitals’ (earlier Delhi Daredevils) record of failing to make it to the playoffs for six consecutive seasons. This year, PBKS extended that record to seven seasons in a row, as their six wins in 14 matches could only earn them a sixth spot in the league phase.

PBKS finished runners-up in the 2014 IPL season but since then haven’t been able to make it to the last four stage. They also ended as the semi-finalists in the inaugural IPL season in 2008. After 2008, the dry run for PBKS stretched to five seasons before making it to the final in 2014. However, since then, PBKS have disappointed with poor campaigns over and over again.
Delhi Capitals endured a similar run from 2013 to 2018, where they failed to finish in the top four. However, they roared back with terrific performances in the 2019 and 2020 seasons to end at the third and second position, respectively. DC, PBKS and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are the three teams who are yet to win the competition. But that could change with DC and RCB both qualifying for the playoffs this year. DC topped the table with 10 wins while Virat Kohli-led RCB ended with 9 wins in 14 games this season

Kisan Morcha calls for ‘rail roko’ on Oct 18, demands arrest of Minister Ajay Mishra, son

Rakesh-1NEW DELHI : Farmers’ groups will hold a ‘rail roko’ on October 18 and a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on October 26 to protest the death of eight people, including four farmers, in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday. Farmer unions have said they will march on Lakhimpur on Tuesday, and planned to hold a ‘rail roko’ on October 18 and a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on October 26. They have also demanded Ajay Mishra’s sacking and the arrest of Ashish Mishra.

Eight people, including four farmers, died Sunday after a SUV owned by Ajay Mishra rammed into a group of farmers holding a peaceful protest at Lakhimpur Kheri. The farmers have alleged Ashish Mishra was in the SUV. Both Ashish and his father have denied all charges.
They have also demanded the sacking of junior Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra and the arrest of his son Ashish, who remains a free man despite being named as a murder accused in the FIR.
“Farmers from across the country will reach Lakhimpur Kheri on October 12… what happened there was no less than the Jallianwala Bagh and we request all civic organisations to take out candle marches in their cities at 8 pm (on October 12),” Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said today. “Farmers will go to every state with the ashes (of those farmers who died in Lakhimpur Kheri) and immersions will be done… Dussehra is on October 15 and all farmers will burn effigies of Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah,” he added.
Earlier today Ashish appeared before UP Police for questioning after skipping yesterday’s summons. He arrived with a police escort to answer a summons that lists him as a witness in the case. The summons came after the Supreme Court rapped the UP government and police over their handling of this case; Chief Justice NV Ramana asked the state if it would treat the accused any differently if he were not a union minister’s son. Mr Mishra admitted to NDTV that the car belonged to his family but said neither he nor his son were in it when the incident took place.
Protesting farm unions have issued a call for farmers to again gather in strength in Tikunia in UP on October 12, the “antim ardaas” day when last rites will be conducted for the farmers who died at Lakhimpur Kheri last Sunday. From there, the ashes of the victims will be taken to all districts of U.P., to the gurudwaras of Punjab, and to all States of the country, to spread the message that “the BJP government is terrorising farmers”, according to leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which held its general body meeting at the Singhu border on Friday.
If prime accused Ashish Mishra is not arrested and his father Ajay Mishra is not removed from the Union Council of Ministers by October 11, the SKM vowed to intensify its protest with a nationwide “rail roko” on October 18, followed by a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on October 24 along the lines of the mass gathering of lakhs of people in Muzaffarnagar last month. On Dasara, farm unions plan to burn effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

In a statement, the SKM rejected the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and judicial inquiry set up by the U.P. Government, noting that the Supreme Court had also said it was not satisfied. It also agreed with the apex court that an investigation by the CBI investigation would not be a solution either, and “demanded an impartial investigation that will report directly to the Supreme Court”, welcoming the court’s order asking the U.P. police to keep all evidence intact. Declaring October 12 as the Shaheed Kisan Diwas, the platform of unions protesting the three farm reform laws appealed to farmers across U.P. and the country to make their way to Tikonia on that day, rebuilding the crowd which had gathered immediately after the incident in the area.

“There would have been at least 20,000 people gathered in Tikonia last Sunday. At that time, the anger could have sparked off a riot between Hindus and Punjabi Sikhs, who [the latter] are major landowners in the area, so [BKU leader] Rakesh Tikait played a key role in preventing that and dispersing the crowd,” claimed All India Kisan Sabha general secretary Hannan Mollah, who is part of the SKM’s core committee, alleging a conspiracy to provoke communal violence by Mr. Mishra and other BJP leaders.
Meanwhile, amid demands by the Opposition to arrest the Union Minister’s son, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said there will be no injustice with anyone and no action will be taken under any kind of pressure or without evidence. This comes a day after the Supreme Court, while hearing a PIL over the matter, said that it was not satisfied with the steps taken by UP government to address the issue.

On the other hand, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will be leading a “Kisan Nyay” rally in Varanasi on Sunday demanding the immediate arrest of the accused and a repeal of the three farm laws.
(With Bureau Report).

TATA win Air India bid, Maharaja heads home after 68 years

tata-AINEW DELHI : Tata Sons Pvt. was selected as the winning bidder for India’s flag carrier, ending decades of attempts to privatize a money-losing and debt-laden airline, and potentially ending years of taxpayer-bailouts that’s kept the company alive.

Tata Sons, which originally launched Air India Ltd. with a namesake branding in 1932, bid ₹ 18,000 crore ($2.4 billion) as an enterprise value for Air India,
Tuhin Kanta Pandey, the top bureaucrat at  Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, said at a briefing on Friday. The government aims to complete the transaction by the end of 2021.
However, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management in a statement said that media reports indicating approval of financial bids by Government of India in the AI disinvestment case are incorrect. “Media will be informed of the Government decision as and when it is taken,” it said.
Tata Sons already run two airlines in India – Vistara, a full service carrier in partnership with Singapore Airlines, and AirAsia India, a budget airline in partnership with Malaysia AirAsia Bhd.
Reports say that the Committee of Ministers on the national carrier disinvestment headed by Home Minister  Amit Shah has approved the winning bid for the national airline. The government had last week evaluated financial bids received from Tata Group and SpiceJet founder for the acquisition of Air India. The financial bids were evaluated against an undisclosed reserve price and the bid offering the highest price above that benchmark was be accepted. This marks the return of Air India to Tata fold after 67 years. The Tata Group founded Air India as Tata Airlines in October 1932. The government nationalised the airline in 1953.

The government is selling 100 per cent of its stake in the state-owned national airline, including Air India’s 100 per cent shareholding in AI Express Ltd and 50 per cent in Air India  SATS Airport Services Private Ltd. The Tata group originally founded the airline in 1932 before it was taken over by the government in 1953. The government had for years been trying to sell the airline, which has racked up losses worth $9.5bn. But it recently sweetened the deal by making the terms of the debt less onerous for the buyer. It’s still unclear how much debt the Tata group will take on under the new terms. Minutes after the acquisition, Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata tweeted a photograph of the firm’s former chairman JRD Tata on the tarmac with an Air India plane in the background:

The national carrier had been making losses since it merged with the state-owned domestic operator Indian Airlines in 2007 and relied on taxpayer-funded bailouts to stay operational. The government said it was making a loss of nearly 200m rupees ($2.6m) every day to run the airline. Over the years, the airline blamed high aviation fuel prices, high airport usage charges, competition from low-cost carriers, weakening of the rupee, as well as a high interest burden for its poor financial performance.

Air India “suffered for its inconsistent service standards, low aircraft utilisation, dismal on-time performance, antiquated productivity norms, lack of revenue generation skills and unsatisfactory public perception”, according to Jitender Bhargava, a former executive director of the airline. Were attempts made to sell Air India in the past? In 2001, a previous BJP-led government tried to sell 40% of the stake. A number of foreign airlines, including Lufthansa, British Airways and Singapore Airlines evinced interest, but withdrew when the government made it mandatory for them to partner with an Indian company to make a bid. In 2018, Mr Modi’s government tried to sell 76% stake and a portion of its debt, but potential buyers found the terms unattractive.
In January 2020, the government decided to sell its entire stake in Air India. “There is no choice, we either privatise or we close the airline,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said. By the end of December last year, Air India received two bids – one from Tata Sons and the other from a group of its employees and a US-based investment firm, Interrups. In September, Ajay Singh, who runs the private budget airline SpiceJet, also bid for the airline in his personal capacity.

This time, the government decided to offload its entire stake in Air India, its low-cost arm Air India Express and ground holding subsidiary AISATS. Experts say restructuring Air India’s employee base of 12,000 plus people could be a challenge for the new owners.
Why does Air India remain attractive?
Apart from its fleet of over 130 aircraft, the new buyer will now have control of the airline’s 4,400 domestic and 1,800 international landing and parking slots at domestic airports, as well as 900 slots at airports overseas. Air India also owns millions of dollars worth of prime real estate. According to the aviation ministry, its fixed assets – land, buildings, planes – in March last year were worth more than 450bn rupees ($6bn).
The airline also has more than 40,000 pieces of art and collectibles, including an ashtray designed and gifted by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali. In return the airline had gifted Dali a baby elephant, which was flown to Spain. With India seeing passenger growth of around 20% per year and analysts saying the Indian market is vastly underserved – Air India is a good prospect for Tata Group, say experts.
The high-profile sale is a boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has embarked on a bold privatization plan to plug a widening budget deficit, validating his stand of the state staying away from most businesses. For Tata Sons, Air India adds a third airline brand to its stable, and gives it access to more than a hundred planes, thousands of trained pilots and crew, and lucrative landing and parking slots all around the world.

Bloomberg News reported last week that a panel of ministers accepted a proposal from bureaucrats, who recommended the conglomerate’s bid ahead of an offer from entrepreneur Ajay Singh. The consortium led by Singh, who’s also the chairman of budget carrier SpiceJet Ltd, bid ₹ 15,100 crore, Pandey said.


(With Inputs from Business Bureau)

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan Aryan Khan Denied Bail, To Spend the Weekend in Arthur Road jai

Aryan Khan2MUMBAI: Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, has been denied bail after he was arrested in connection with the drugs-on-cruise case.
He will spend the weekend in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail. A Mumbai magistrate’s court said Friday that Mr Khan’s bail plea was “not maintainable”, agreeing with the Narcotics Control Bureau that since drugs were seized a Sessions Court must hear the matter.
The court also rejected pleas from two other accused – Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamechat. All three must now approach the Sessions Court for relief. The young celebrity, from whom the NCB has admitted that no drugs were recovered, will now be returned to Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail.
Arguing against bail per se, the NCB said releasing Aryan Khan could harm the case. The agency claimed he could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses. It also insisted Aryan Khan and the others were “regular users of contraband”.
“They are influential persons… is a chance of tampering with evidence. Had it been one person with small quantity, it would be different. We have a lot of material… protection like bail at this stage will hamper the investigation,” Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh said.
The NCB on Thursday had sought further custody of Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha till Monday (11 October). However, the court rejected the prayer, saying simply remanding the accused to custody without reason is cogent ground for violating liberty. The NCB took Aryan and other accused to its office as jail would not admit the new inmates post 6 PM. Today, the anti-drugs agency shifted Aryan Khan and other accused to Arthur Jail.
After a hearing marked by snippy comments, a lot of bickering and flying tempers, a Mumbai court on Friday rejected the bail application of Aryan Khan and two others in a case pertaining to an alleged seizure of narcotic drugs from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. “Applications rejected. Not maintainable,” said Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R M Nerlikar while denying bail to the three accused. The judge dictated only the operative part of the order initially.

“Unless I complete the entire order, I won’t leave the court today,” said the judge. “Not appropriate to reserve the order at this point in time,” he said as the hearing drew well into the later half of the evening. The order means that Aryan and the other accused will have to spend the weekend in the Arthur Road Jail lock-up in a quarantine cell as the Mumbai sessions court is not working given that it is the second Saturday of the month. Even if the holiday court is moved, relief is unlikely till Monday. “We will try our best to move the court tomorrow,” Adwait Tamhankar, who is representing co-accused Arbaz Merchant, told Media.

The NCB represented by the Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh primarily argued on the question of maintainability of the bail plea. The ASG said that the bail plea was maintainable only in front of the Sessions Court. “This court does not have the jurisdiction to hear the bail applications,” he said, even as the defence vehemently opposed it.  Aryan Khan Will Have to Follow This Routine in Arthur Road Jail Over 25 kg of Heroin Worth Rs 125 Cr Seized from Container in Navi Mumbai’s Nhava Sheva Port “If I raise an issue of maintainability, then that needs to be argued first. Then the question on merit arises,” he said. “The court will decide what is to be argued first,” Satish Maneshinde, Aryan’s counsel, snapped. “For the first time, someone is telling the court how to conduct a matter,” he said later. The ASG snapped back saying he wasn’t dictating anything. “I am merely stating the position of law,” he said.

The NCB on 2 October carried out raids at an alleged rave party at a cruise off Mumbai coast. It seized 13 grams of cocaine, 5 grams of MD, 21 grams of charas and 22 pills of Ecstasy and ₹1.33 lakh.The agency detained eight persons — Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker, Gomit Chopra.
After hours of questioning, the NCB formally arrested Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha. Three persons have been booked under Section 8C, 20B, 27 (Punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance) and 35 (Presumption of culpable mental state) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act). Khan, Merchant, and Dhamecha were first sent to one-day NCB custody which was later extended to 7 October. They were on Thursday produced again before the court, which sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.
(With Inputs from Mumbai Bureau).




India’s Chief Economic Adviser KV Subramanian quits

KV subrahmaniumNEW DELHI : Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) KV Subramanian has resigned from his post.
He tweeted that: “I have decided to return back to academia following the completion of my 3-year fulfilling tenure.
Serving The Nation has been an absolute privilege Folded hands and I have wonderful support and encouragement. “Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to wish Mr Subramanian the very best in the future endeavors.

Subramanian on Friday said he has decided to return to academia after completion of his three-year term in the finance ministry. In a statement, Subramanian thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for their support and inspiring leadership.”His intuitive understanding of economic policy combines with an unmistakable determination to use the same to elevate the lives of common citizens,” he added.
“I have decided to return back to academia following the completion of my 3-year fulfilling tenure,” he said. Serving the nation has been an absolute privilege. I have wonderful support and encouragement,” Subramanian tweeted. “To get an opportunity to serve one’s nation is an absolute privilege. Each day that I have walked into North Block I have reminded myself of this privilege while endeavoring my best to do justice to the responsibility that comes with the privilege,” he said in a statement.

“I have received tremendous encouragement and support from within the government and have been fortunate to enjoy a warm relationship with senior functionaries. In close to three decades of my professional life, I am yet to encounter a more inspiring leader than the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji,” Subramanian said.
At the same time, the government has not yet announced the next CEA. On 7 December 2018, KV Subramanian was made the Chief Economic Advisor of the country, about 5 months after Arvind Subramaniam left the post. The information coming in from the CEA office states that since his tenure was ending in December this year only and due to the personal reasons he has decided to quit early. The chief economic advisor has chosen to step down after fulfilling his tenure of three years to return to academia.
“India is witnessing dramatic change. After all, as my late father had dreamt and worked so hard for, a person who was the first ever in his entire clan to step into the hallowed portals of a university gets the honor to serve the nation. Such an opportunity to ‘Live the Indian Dream’ manifests under a leader who takes equal pride in his humble origins.
That such a savant comes away genuinely admiring the leader symbolizes an India where meritocracy is in and entitlement is out. To be at the helm during such a time of spectacular change is an incredible honour that I will cherish forever,” he further said in his statement.The government had appointed Subramanian, a ISB Hyderabad professor, as the CEA in December 2018. He had succeeded Arvind Subramanian.


Mr Subramanian also thanked Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for her “feedback” on important matters, which he said was “as committed as her support”. “In the periodic meetings at North Block, Madam’s sense of humour and easy manner play a critical role in enabling a healthy debate that is so essential amidst epochal change,” the Chief Economic Adviser said.

Varun and Maneka Gandhi sacked from saffron BJP National Executive

manekavarun-1633595026NEW DELHI : A new National Executive committee with 80 members have been constituted by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the interesting twist is that it does not consist the name of Three-time member of parliament Varun Gandhi and his mother Maneka Gandhi, also a five-term MP, were dropped from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive on Thursday.
Their sacking came on the heels of Varun condemning the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in a series of tweets. The name of former Union minister Birender Singh Chaudhary was missing. Varun Gandhi and Birender Singh both have been critical of the contentious farm laws.
Gandhi has also condemned the incident of Lakhimpur Kheri, in which a Union Minister’s convoy ran over and killed four protesting farmershe was removed from the BJP National Executive. Gandhi on Thursday called for “accountability for the innocent blood of farmers” as he posted a purported video of the incident. “The video is crystal clear. Protestors cannot be silenced through murder. There has to be accountability for the innocent blood of farmers that has been spilled and justice must be delivered before a message of arrogance and cruelty enters the minds of every farmer,” Gandhi tweeted on Thursday.
Apart from its top brass that includes PM Narendra Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah, it has party veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi as its members. Besides 80 regular members, the executive will also have 50 special invitees and 179 permanent invitees. Incidentally, 37 of the 80 members are Union Ministers and a number of ministers from the state are part of the committee and this leaves less space for the ordinary members of the ruling party to become part of the deliberative mechanism of the BJP.
BJP senior leader and state legislator Subramanian Swamy has no place. Meanwhile, Union Minister Aswini Vaishnav has been given a place in the Jyotiraditya Cynthia. Harshavardhan, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar continue to be on the National Executive Committee. It is noteworthy that the meeting of the new National Executive Committee members is scheduled to take place on November 7 in Delhi.

He has also been consistently supporting the farmers’ movement, and over the last four days had been demanding that the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government should immediately arrest the accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri farmers’ murder case. His and his mother’s omission for the 80-member national executive released on Thursday appears to be a punitive action for dissent, although the BJP sources brushed off the rejig as a “routine exercise”.
However, dropping critical leaders from the national executive is conspicuous as Varun may have been the only BJP MPs to have vocally expressed his support to the slain farmers ever since Lakhimpur Kheri violence captured national attention. He had also extended his support to the largest mahapanchayat of farmers in Muzaffarnagar on September 5, and has from time to time asked the government to find an immediate resolution to the farmers’ demands.
Most recently, Varun tweeted a video showing a VIP convoy of cars mowing down unarmed protesting farmers unapologetically. The BJP MP called it a “murder” and said that video was enough to “crystal clear” evidence against the culprits. He later demanded that accountability should be fixed for the “innocent blood of farmers”. “Justice must be delivered before a message of arrogance and cruelty enters the minds of every farmer,” Gandhi tweeted.
“Protestors cannot be silenced through murder. There has to be accountability for the innocent blood of farmers that has been spilled and justice must be delivered before a message of arrogance and cruelty enters the minds of every farmer,” he posted on Twitter. Against this backdrop, Varun had also written to the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath to initiate a CBI probe in the matter and announce a compensation of Rs one crore for the families of dead farmers. The UP government had earlier announced relief of Rs 45 lakh for the families.

It is, however, curious that the BJP government in UP has failed to make a single arrest in the aftermath of farmers’ killings since the violence broke out at Lakhimpur Kheri, even while it showed unusual promptness to drop seemingly dissident party MPs. Despite repeated demands from farmers’ groups, civil society, and opposition parties, the BJP has also chosen to retain the junior minister of home affairs Ajay Mishra in the Union cabinet.
(With Inputs from our National Bureau ).





Lakhimpur: FIR Against Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s Son Ashish Mishra For Murder

MoS Ajay MishraNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court, on Friday, asked the Uttar Pradesh government, to file a status report on who are the accused and against whom the FIR has been registered in the Lakhimpur Kheri case.
The court took a suo motu cognizance of the matter on Wednesday.The Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday pasted a notice outside the residence of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra in Lakhimpur Kheri, asking his son Ashish Mishra to appear before it on October 8 in connection with the violence during the farmers protest.

Meanwhile, UP Police in Lakhimpur Kheri have arrested two persons in connection with the Sunday violence in Tikunia village in the district.

Lakhimpur Kheri Police have arrested two persons in connection with the Sunday violence in Tikunia village in the district. The arrested persons have been identified as Luvkush Rana and Ashish Pandey, according to the police spokesperson. Both are said to be close associates of Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni.This is the first time the police has asked to question Ashish Mishra — the son of junior home minister Ajay Mishra. Both Ajay Mishra and his son have denied that they were present at the spot, though the minister told NDTV that the SUV belonged to his family. Amid opposition demands that he step down, Ajay Mishra met his boss, Union Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday. Government sources have ruled out the possibility of any resignation.
The FIR has named Ashish Mishra and said that he was driving the car which ran over the protesters. According to the FIR, Ashish also opened fire after getting down from the car and then he went into hiding. However, a fresh video of the incident suggests that three SUVs were involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and those cars were not under any attack. The first SUV rammed a group of protesters who were walking with flags at an unexpectedly high speed, followed by the two other SUVs. Further raids are on in search of other accused, the official added. However, the minister’s son is still untraceable, the official said.
“Two people are being questioned. They have confirmed role of three others who are dead. Technically, they have also been accounted for. These people are giving a lot of information. We are sending summon to the main accused (Ashish Mishra) for questioning,” said Lakshmi Singh, Lucknow IG. The Opposition parties have been demanding immediate arrest of Ashish Misra for his alleged role in killing farmers, who were run over by a vehicle linked to the minister. However, a fresh video of the incident suggests that three SUVs were involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and those cars were not under any attack. The first SUV rammed a group of protesters who were walking with flags at an unexpectedly high speed, followed by the two other SUVs.ashish-mishra-ani1-1633617293
Today, the Supreme Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a status report on who are the accused, against whom FIR is registered and those who are arrested.

The Supreme Court, which is hearing a petition regarding the events at Lakhimpur Kheri, today questioned “how many people have been arrested” and asked the state government to submit a status report by tomorrow.
“We need to know whom you registered an FIR against and how many have you arrested,” said the bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana. The status report also has to include details of the eight persons killed.
In response to the court, the state government said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted and a single-member enquiry commission has also been set up to file a status report on the incident. A single-member Commission of Enquiry, headed by retired High Court Judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, with headquarters at Lakhimpur Kheri, has been constituted to investigate the death of 8 persons in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3.
The arrested persons have been identified as Luvkush Rana and Ashish Pandey, according to the police spokesperson. Both are said to be close associates of Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni. A Lakhimpur police official said that the two were seated in one of the vehicles that mowed down farmers in Tikunia village on Sunday. The two are being interrogated by the police.
“Summons have been issued to Ashish Mishra and he has been asked to come for questioning soon as possible and more action against him will follow,” Lakshmi Singh, the Inspector General of Lucknow Zone, told . The move came as the Supreme Court asked UP about arrests and action taken in the case. “We are not shielding anyone. The law of the land is equal for all. We will ensure that strict action is taken,” Lakshmi Singh said. The police have registered a case against 13 people. Two people were questioned today in the case.
(With Inputs from Lucknow Bureau).



CPI Young face Kanhaiya Kumar Joins Congress in Presence of Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-Gandhi-KanhaiyaNEW DELHI : Former Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Tuesday, 28 September, joined the Congress party, in the presence of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Meanwhile, Jignesh Mevani, an independent MLA from Gujarat, lent support to the party, as he could not formally join owing to “technical reasons”.
Meanwhile, Jignesh Mevani, an independent MLA from Gujarat, lent support to the party, as he could not formally join owing to “technical reasons”. There’s no doubt that Mevani and Kumar are both important young voices, known for their opposition to right-wing politics. A key role in Kumar’s induction is said to have been played by Prashant Kishor who met the former JNUSU president at the residence of former JD(U) leader Pavan Verma.

It is quite likely that Mevani and Kumar would be a part of the Congress’ campaign in the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur. Mevani has even gone on to say that while he has not formally joined because he is an independent MLA, he will fight the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections on Congress symbol.
In a question , Kumar said “the question of Left-Right is irrelevant now because we are faced with a new age Govinda (Hindi film actor) who keeps changing his costumes. Let’s not get into this ideological battle. We need to save India and India’s constitution. This alone is my target.”He did not detail the reasons for quitting the CPI, but he expressed gratitude towards his former organization. “I was born and brought up, trained there and also gave me the passion to struggle,” he said. But at the same time, he said, he wants to thank the many crore Indians who stood by him and who fought with their own families and friends in support of him. “I am not kidding, but many even had divorce because of their stand,” he added.

Explaining the reason for joining the Congress Mr. Kumar said, “I am joining the country’s oldest and the most democratic party, because I feel and so do many other young people, that if the Congress does not survive, then the country will not survive,” he said at the Congress headquarters facing a hall packed with his supporters and media personnel. The Congress is the only alternative to the BJP on at least 200 Lok Sabha seats, Mr. Kumar said.

“Congress is the biggest Opposition party of the country. If we do not save it… if we do not save the big ship, then the smaller boats too won’t survive,” he added. Mr. Kumar said that questions will be asked about his past and present, but in spite of the questions, he can not turn away from the “historic responsibility” that lies before him.
(With Agency Inputs ).


After Navjot Sidhu, Minister Razia Sultana also resigns

RaziaCHANDIGRAH: After Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Razia Sultana on Tuesday stepped down as cabinet minister in the state government.
The Punjab cabinet minister said, “I resign in solidarity with Navjot Sidhu.” According to reports, am urgent cabinet meeting is underway.
Merely two days after she took oath of office as a cabinet minister in the Punjab government, Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana today resigned “in solidarity with Navjot Singh Sidhu”, who stepped down as the state Congress President earlier in the day.
“Sidhu sahab is a man of principles. He is fighting for Punjab and Punjabiyat,” Ms Sultana said, according to an ANI report. In her letter of resignation, she said, “I will continue to work for the party as a worker in the best interest of Punjab.” An urgent cabinet meeting was underway in the state following the resignations, sources said.
Mr Sidhu resigned as Punjab Congress chief, delivering a big shock to the Gandhis, who may have hoped that changing Chief Ministers would help end the turmoil in the state before next year’s state polls.
The cricketer-turned-politician tweeted a resignation letter that hinted at his unhappiness at the ongoing changes to the Punjab cabinet.”The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner. I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab,” he wrote in his letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
He had taken charge of the party in Punjab in July.
His resignation came a little over a week after Charanjit Singh Channi, said to be close him, took oath as Punjab’s new Chief Minister — the first ever Dalit to do so. He replaced veteran Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh. Mr Sidhu, according to sources, was upset about the cabinet changes made by Mr Channi. Though Mr Sidhu was widely seen to act as “Super Chief Minister” when it came to some decisions, he was reportedly ignored in recent appointments seen as controversial.Incidentally, Sultana’s husband Mohammed Mustafa became Sidhu’s chief strategic adviser when the latter took over as Punjab Congress chief in July.
(Bureau Report with Agency Inputs).