Cop shoots dead Apple employee in Lucknow
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.