Forensic evaluation says rifle seized from MoS Mishra’s son was fired

The forensic examination of a rifle belonging to Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister Ajay Mishra, has established that the weapon had been discharged, a senior police officer related to the Lakhimpur Kheri investigation mentioned on Tuesday night.

However, police mentioned it was not clear when the rifle was fired — whether or not on October 3, when the incident occurred, or on one other day.

Ashish Mishra alias Monu is among the 13 accused dealing with expenses for the killing of 4 farmers and a journalist in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh on that day.

All the victims had been run over and killed by a convoy of three automobiles together with a Mahindra Thar SUV owned by Union minister Ajay Mishra.

Villagers have alleged that photographs had been fired throughout the incident. However, autopsies have confirmed that not one of the 5 males — or the three others who had been killed within the subsequent violence that day — sustained a gunshot harm.

The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) examined 4 weapons belonging to the jailed accused that had been seized by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Uttar Pradesh Police that’s probing the incident.

Three of those weapons — Ashish’s rifle; a pistol belonging to Ankit Das, a nephew of former Union minister Akhilesh Das; and a repeater gun carried by Das’s bodyguard Lateef — had been discovered to have been discharged.

The report of the forensic examination of the fourth weapon, a revolver owned by Das’s affiliate Satya Prakash, remains to be awaited, police sources mentioned.

Police at Lakhimpur Kheri to recreate the the sequence of occasions resulting in the incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Tikonia village on October 3. (Express Photo )

“Ashish’s rifle was handed over to the SIT by his family. All four seized weapons were sent to the FSL for ballistic examination. We have now received the report, which states that bullets were fired from three weapons, which belong to Ashish, Ankit, and Lateef. We will submit the report to the court as evidence,” the senior police officer mentioned.

The officer added that whereas the FSL report doesn’t say when the bullets had been fired, the accused should now produce proof that they didn’t hearth the weapons on October 3.

Sources mentioned the forensic examination of a weapon solely establishes the presence of gunpowder after it has been fired. However, the report strengthens the allegation by farmers that firing occurred on the scene of the incident, police mentioned.

In the FIR, complainant Jagjit Singh had alleged that Ashish Mishra had arrived on the scene in a convoy of three four-wheel automobiles. At Tikonia, the automobiles, travelling at excessive pace, had ploughed into a bunch of farmers who had been coming back from a protest. Ashish, who was sitting on the left within the Thar, had allegedly fired photographs because the car ran over the victims.

Ashish, who was arrested on October 10, has denied the allegations. He has claimed that on the time of the incident, he was at a wrestling occasion in his ancestral village Banveerpur, round 2 km away. Ashish and his co-accused are lodged within the district jail in Lakhimpur Kheri.

Soon after the incident, an enraged mob set hearth to the minister’s Thar and a Toyota Fortuner owned by Ankit Das, and beat the motive force of the Thar and two native BJP leaders to demise. The driver of the third SUV within the convoy, a Mahindra Scorpio, escaped together with his car.

The SIT has arrested 4 people for the killings of the Thar’s driver Hari Om Mishra, and the 2 BJP leaders, Shubham Mishra and Shyam Sunder.

A courtroom in Lakhimpur Kheri on Tuesday despatched two of the 4 arrested males — Ranjit Singh and Avtar Singh — to a few days’ police custody remand (PCR) starting Wednesday.

The SIT had requested for remand as a way to query the lads and to take them to the spot to recreate the scene of the crime.

Ranjit and Avtar had been recognized from photos circulated by police that confirmed them standing near individuals who had been allegedly concerned within the violence. Ranjit, Avtar, and the 2 different males who’ve been arrested — Vichitra Singh and Gurvinder Singh — are all residents of Lakhimpur Kheri.