A 28-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly attacking the brother of a witness in the 2021 Lakhimpur Kheri violence case with a sword during an event in the district on Friday.
The victim, Sarvajeet Singh, is younger brother of Prabhjot Singh, a witness in the case in which Union minister Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra is the prime accused. His family alleged that Sarvajeet was attacked to intimidate Prabhjot.
On October 3 last year, a convoy of three SUVs, including a Mahindra Thar owned by Ajay Mishra, allegedly ran over a group of protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri’s Tikonia area, killing four farmers and a journalist and injuring several others. In the ensuing violence, two BJP workers and the driver of a vehicle were killed.
Lakhimpur Kheri Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Arun Kumar Singh said the arrested man was identified as Vikas Kumar Chawla. He denied that the attack on Sarvajeet had anything to do with the Tikonia incident.