Union minister Ajay Kumar Mishra, whose son has been booked in a homicide case for allegedly mowing down 4 farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday inaugurated a countrywide convention on prisons organised through the BPRD, a division of the House Ministry.

The 61-year-old Minister of State for House Affairs attended the convention on the headquarters of the Bureau of Police Analysis and Construction (BPRD) within the Mahipalpur space of the nationwide capital and addressed jail division officials who represented quite a lot of states and union territories, officers stated.

The 2-day seventh nationwide convention of heads of prisons of all states and union territories carries the theme of making ready a decadal street map for the prisons and correctional services and products”. The BPRD said 75 senior prison officers from 25 states and four UTs are participating in the conference.

Called as the national think tank on police subjects, the BPRD on Wednesday had withdrawn the media invite for the event, saying it is being put on “hang and the invitation is also handled as cancelled”. Mediapersons who reached the venue on Thursday were not allowed to enter the BPRD campus.

The opposition has been demanding the sacking of Mishra, the BJP Lok Sabha MP from Kheri seat, over the violence. Eight people were killed in the violence — four farmers, two BJP workers, a driver of the minister and a journalist working for a private TV channel.

The minister has categorically denied allegations of his son Ashish Mishra’s involvement in the incident that took place on October 3 during the visit of UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya to the district. Police have registered a murder case against Ashish Mishra and others over the death of the farmers.

The minister has denied the allegations by the farmers’ unions that his son was in one of the cars that mowed the farmers and said he has evidence to show that Ashish was at an event being held elsewhere.

According to his version, a vehicle, carrying BJP workers, turned turtle after protesters pelted stones at it. The farmers came under the vehicle and died, he had said. Four occupants of the car were then pulled out and beaten to death allegedly by the protestors, the minister claimed.

MoS Mishra had attended his office at North Block and also called on Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence on Wednesday. The BPRD conference is scheduled to end with Nityanand Rai, another MoS in the Home Ministry, delivering the valedictory address on Friday.

The Home Ministry has three ministers in the MoS rank, the third being Nisith Pramanik.

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