Cop shoots dead Ap­ple em­ployee in Luc­know

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

Luc­know/Go­rakh­pur: Two po­lice con­sta­bles have been ar­rested for shoot­ing down a 38-year-old pro­fes­sional early on Satur­day morn­ing af­ter he al­legedly re­fused to stop his car for check­ing in Luc­know’s posh Gomti Na­gar neigh­bour­hood.

The con­sta­bles were ar­rested on the ba­sis of an FIR lodged by Ap­ple ex­ec­u­tive Vivek Ti­wari’s col­league Sana Khan, who was trav­el­ling with him. Hours af­ter the 1.30 am shoot­ing, Ut­tar Pradesh Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice O P Singh called it a crim­i­nal act and said the two con­sta­bles will dis­missed.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SSP) Kalanidhi Naithani said the po­lice­men on pa­trol duty had asked Ti­wari to stop the SUV, which had hit their mo­tor­cy­cle and in­jured them. Con­sta­ble Prashant Chaud­hary said he no­ticed “sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity” and opened fire, al­legedly in self-de­fence, when Ti­wari tried to run over him.

A bul­let pierced the wind­screen as the car rammed into a pil­lar. An au­topsy con­firmed that Ti­wari’s death was caused by gun­shot in­juries. He is sur­vived by his wife and two chil­dren. A spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team has been formed to in­ves­ti­gate the shoot­ing and a mag­is­te­rial in­quiry has also been or­dered.

“This was not an en­counter,” Ut­tar Pradesh Chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath told me­dia in Go­rakh­pur, “The guilty will not be spared and if needed a CBI in­quiry will be held.”

Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (law and order) Anand Kumar termed the in­ci­dent un­for­tu­nate, adding “Prima fa­cie, it is a mur­der case. The prin­ci­ple of law is clear that the right of self­de­fence can­not ex­ceed the per­ceived threat.”

He said ad­e­quate se­cu­rity has been pro­vided for Khan.

Mean­while, Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh, tweeted in Hindi: Spoke to Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath in con­nec­tion with the... case. I have asked him to take ef­fec­tive and just ac­tion in the mat­ter. The home min­is­ter rep­re­sents Luc­know in the Lok Sabha.

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