The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed on October 3, recreated the sequences of events on Thursday with the help of four arrested accused, including Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra and his friend Ankit Das.
The investigators took Ashish Mishra, his friend Ankit Das, bodyguard Latif and driver Shekhar Bharti to the site of the incident on Tikonia-Banbirpur road under tight security and the entire area was cordoned off. During the exercise, a team of Forensic Science Laboratory, Lucknow was also present along with the SIT. Personnel of Rapid Action Force (RAF) were also deployed along with the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) jawans on the spot.
The accused were questioned about their presence on the spot even though they knew that the farmers were protesting there. The SIT arranged for three SUVs and also mannequins to recreate how the speeding vehicles mowed down farmers on that fateful day.
Ashish Mishra 'Monu' was arrested in the case on October 9 after 12 hours of questioning, and a court accepted his police custody from October 12 to 15. Shekhar Bharti was arrested on October 12, while Ankit Das and Latif alias Kale were arrested on October 13.
On Thursday, investigators reached the district jail premises in the morning to take Das, Latif and Bharti into police custody. The trio was taken to the Crime Branch's office at Reserve Police Lines.
On October 3, a total of eight persons died and four farmers were knocked down by a vehicle carrying Bharatiya Janata party workers. In retaliation, infuriated farmers torched two SUVs and lynched some people in the vehicles. The other deceased included two BJP workers and their driver. The violence also left a journalist dead.
In the aftermath, farmers alleged that Union minister Ajay Mishra's son Ashish Mishra was in one of the vehicles, an allegation which was vehemently denied by Mishra.