CCTV footage analysis suggests incident took place within 90 secs
LUCKNOW The entire incident that led to the murder of Apple executive Vivek Tiwari , took place within 60-90 seconds, suggests an analysis of the footage of at least 20 CCTV cameras. To crosscheck all minute details of timings and duration of the incident, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) will recreate a crime scene according to the statements of the two accused constables Prashant Chaudhary and Sandip Kumar in the wee hours on Sunday.
Inspector general (IG) of police, Lucknow range, Sujeet Pandey, who is heading the SIT, said the recreation was being done during the wee hours to get a real feel and analyse visibility and other crucial things at the time of the incident. He said it would be analysed whether Tiwari and the lone eyewitness of the incident, who was the co-occupant in the SUV, were visible from outside or not. The IG said the constables would be asked to narrate the entire incident to ascertain whether or not they were manipulating facts. He said it would also be analysed in which position the bullet was fired from Chaudhary’s service pistol . “It would be ascertained if Prashant was lying on the ground or was in a standing position when the bullet was fired ,” he explained.
Pandey added the CCTV footage analysed so far suggested that the entire incident took place within 1 or 2 minutes but it would still be verified through the recreation. He said the recreation of crime scene according to the statements of the two constables was aimed at finding contradictions between their narration and that of the lone eyewitness Sana Khan. He said the contradictions would be later put up before the constables and the eyewitness to get a clear picture.
To note, the SIT has procured two -day custody remand of the two accused constables.
“During recreation, an SUV similar to that of Vivek’s and a police patrol motorcycle will be arranged to get the exact scene of the incident. The forensic team will also remain present to ascertain the exact position of the vehicles,” the SIT member explained, adding, “The baton that Sandip Kumar was holding will also be recovered during these two days”. Sana Khan had alleged that Sandip Kumar was putting his baton inside the SUV from the open window of her side when Prashant Chaudhary opened fire on Vivek Tiwari.
The SIT member said the team had so far analysed the circumstances according to Sana Khan but was not aware what happened after the incident. “Did the two constables walk away leaving behind their patrol motorcycle on the spot after it was allegedly hit by the SUV or did they call another vehicle to assist them? In either case, the sequence of events is incomplete and may not reveal the real story behind Tiwari’s killing,” he explained.