Kochi: The arrest of Union minister’s son Ashish Mishra over murder allegations has silenced all the critics of BJP governments at the centre and UP. Though the disappearance of union minister’s son after the incident on October 3 led to suspicion of the integrity of the UP government, his ultimate arrest has brought to an end criticisms and speculations on the matter.
Opposition in Kerala, mainly the ruling CPM was in the forefront of slamming the BJP governments.The arrest has left the CPM in Kerala speechless as it may have never expected a Union minister’s son to go behind bars. Especially, when the party had gone all out to protect CPM leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s son facing rape charges. The Left-ruled Kerala looked helplessly when Mumbai cops came searching for Binoy Kodiyeri
The knee-jerk attitude of the police while probing against local Left leaders facing serious allegations is common in the state. The crushing to death of a young journalist allegedly by a top bureaucrat is fresh in the minds of the people. Poor evidence collection and laxity by the police diluted the case and no one was prosecuted.It is true that the police were bashed by the Apex Court for causing tremendous delay in the arrest of Ashish who went missing after the incident.
Nevertheless, he was questioned for long hours and subsequently arrested. Eight cases under different sections were slapped on him. Four persons were killed when a convoy of Ashish Mishra ran over the protesting farmers in Tikunia village in Lakhimpur Kheri district of UP on October 3. The UP government gave Rs 45 lakh and a job to the next of kin who died in the accident. It gave Rs 10 lakh to the injured.