Lakhimpur: The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, on Thursday recreated the crime scene at the site in the presence of four accused, including Union Minister’s son Ashish Mishra and his friend Ankit Das, gunman Latif and driver Shekhar Bharti. The crime scene was recreated at the exact spot where the October 3 four farmers were mowed down by an SUV and five others killed in the ensuing violence.Also Read - 4 Kids Among 11 Dead After Tractor Overturns in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi
The SIT asked the accused various questions about their presence on the spot even though they knew that farmers were protesting there. The crime scene was recreated as Thursday was the last day of the police custody of Ashish Mishra and a huge police presence was seen at the crime scene. Also Read - One Killed, Several Injured as Bus Falls From Flyover in UP's Ghaziabad
Part of the crime scene, the SIT arranged three SUVs and also dummies to recreate how the speeding vehicles mowed down farmers on that fateful day. During the time, the SIT cross-checked the statements of the four people in the case. Also Read - Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Rahul-led Congress Delegation Meets President, Demands Sacking of UP Minister Ajay Mishra
During the exercise, the team of Forensic Science Laboratory, Lucknow was also present along with the SIT. Moreover, the Rapid Action Force (RAF) was also deployed along with the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) on the spot.
Visuals of the scene shared on social media showed a police jeep driving at high speed and crushing dummies (meant to represent the farmers who were run over) placed on the road.
It must be noted that Ashish Mishra was arrested last week after spending nearly seven days as a free man despite being named in the FIR.
Ashish Mishra was arrested after 12 hours of questioning by members of the police team formed to investigate the Lakhimpur incident.