BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra had first lodged a ‘missing report’ with the police when his daughter Sakshi disappeared from their Bareilly home on July 2 but on Thursday he said he was not concerned over her marriage to a Dalit boy and was busy in the party’s membership drive. The couple remained missing, though, and the UP police said it was “unable to locate them.”
Sakshi Misra (23), who is the daughter of Rajesh Misra, the MLA from Bithari Chainpur in Bareilly district, uploaded a video on social media on Wednesday and informed about her wedding to Ajitesh Kumar (29) on last Thursday,” police said.
Sakshi created a stir by putting out a video on social media two days ago, alleging that her father and his aides were threatening the couple and could eliminate them after they got married on July 4 in Prayagraj.
The UP Police said it was unable to locate the couple, who had approached the Allahabad High Court on July 5 for protection but did not appear before it for a hearing on Thursday, presumably owing to security concerns.
“The MLA did lodge a missing report but soon found out that the couple had got married. Now he has issued a statement that the couple has nothing to fear from him. The couple has also approached the HC, which is seized of the matter. Hence, police is not intervening as of now,” a senior UP Police official told ET.
No FIR has been lodged so far. The Allahabad HC has now fixed July 15 as the date for the couple to appear before it and record their statements. Bareilly SSP Muniraj said if the couple writes to the police asking for security, it will be provided. DIG RK Pandey said he had given orders for providing security but the couple had not informed the police of their location. The police put up a security picket near the house of Sakshi’s husband, Abhitesh. Harish Kumar, Abhitesh’s father, said he got a message from Sakshi’s family the couple’s life was under threat. “I believe attempts are being made to kill my son but he is safe somewhere. I have sent their marriage certificate to the police.”
In another video, she has apprehended threat to her life from her father, brother and an associate, and urged the Bareilly senior superintendent of police to extend security to them.
Sakshi has also appealed to the MPs and MLAs of Bareilly to not help Rajesh as she alleged that her father and others were out to eliminate her. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator could not be reached for comments.
Deputy Inspector General RK Pandey said he had come to know of the video messages and had asked the SSP to extend security to the couple. The DIG said the police do not know where to give her security as she had not disclosed her location.
Seeking action against the MLA, Director Anurag Kashyap called for protection of Sakshi and her husband, after they defied their family’s wishes to get married.
In the video, Sakshi Misra has also asked her father to let her live her life. The woman warned that if anything happens to her or her husband, she would do something that would put him behind bars.
The MLA in a written statement on Thursday said: “My daughter is an adult and can take her own decisions. Neither I, nor any family member or person of mine has given any threat.”