UP cop kills Ap­ple ex­ec­u­tive, ar­rested

Ra­j­nath speaks to Yogi, or­ders probe; op­po­si­tion par­ties blast gov­ern­ment over the killing and ac­cuse it of breed­ing ‘goons in uni­form;’ Ti­wari’s widow ac­cuses po­lice of be­ing ‘trig­ger-happy’

The Gulf Today - - ASIA -

LUCKNOW: An Ut­tar Pradesh con­sta­ble was on Satur­day ar­rested and booked for mur­der af­ter he shot and killed a young Ap­ple ex­ec­u­tive From Close RANGE, An OFI­CIAL SAID.

The state gov­ern­ment has or­dered a probe and the Union Home Min­is­ter has sought a re­port on the in­ci­dent.

The con­sta­ble and his col­league have been dis­missed from ser­vice and sent to jail, the po­lice said.

Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath told the me­dia that a probe had been OR­DERED AND It was “Deinitely not A po­lice en­counter.”

He said “if needed, we will not hes­i­tate in or­der­ing a Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion probe into the in­ci­dent.”

Ti­wari’s widow, Kal­pana, has ac­cused the po­lice of be­ing “trig­ger-happy.”

She told re­porters that the po­lice had only in­formed her of “an accident” and that her hus­band had been taken to the Lo­hia hospi­tal.

When she reached there, along with her two daugh­ters, they were told that Ti­wari “had died due to ex­ces­sive bleed­ing,” she told the me­dia, adding the bul­let an­gle was not even re­vealed to the fam­ily. The cou­ple had spo­ken on the phone min­utes be­fore the accident.

The widow has de­manded that Adityanath ex­plain to her and her daugh­ters why the 38-year-old Ap­ple sales ex­ec­u­tive was dead.

“We were so happy when the Bharatiya Janata Party gov­ern­ment was voted to power...when Yogiji be­came Chief Min­is­ter...was it for all this?” she asked.

She has since writ­ten to the Chief Min­is­ter seek­ing Rs one crore as com­pen­sa­tion for the killing and a gov­ern­ment job as per her ed­u­ca­tional quali­ica­tions.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties tore into the state gov­ern­ment over the killing and ac­cused it of breed­ing “goons in uni­form.”

Ut­tar Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee (UPCC) chief Raj Babbar has de­manded an ex­pla­na­tion from Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and the UP Chief Min­is­ter on the sense­less killing.

“If peo­ple are not safe in the con­stituency of the Union Home Min­is­ter, one can very well gauge the sit­u­a­tion else­where in the state,” he said.

Vaib­hav Ma­hesh­wari, state spokesper­son of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), also slammed the UP gov­ern­ment and the po­lice and ac­cused the Chief Min­is­ter of let­ting loose cops on the hap­less peo­ple of the state.

The AAP also took a can­dle­light march in protest against the in­ci­dent. Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) spokesman Udaiveer Singh said the in­ci­dent has ex­posed the law­less­ness in the state un­der the BJP gov­ern­ment’s watch.

Ac­cord­ing to a col­league of the Ap­ple sales man­ager, the con­sta­ble, Prashant Chowd­hary, had shot at Vivek Ti­wari af­ter chas­ing the SUV he was driv­ing.

He had ap­par­ently failed to stop Ti­wari dur­ing a late-night check­ing.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened around 1.30am, when Ti­wari was head­ing home af­ter the launch of iphone XS and XS Max along with Sana Khan, his col­league.

KHAN SAID that AF­TER they were ired at, Ti­wari got scared and drove the SUV into an un­der­pass pil­lar, fur­ther sus­tain­ing in­juries.

Mean­while, Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh, who rep­re­sents Lucknow in the Lok Sabha, has spo­ken to ADITYANATH AND took DE­TAILED BRIEING on the in­ci­dent. He also spoke to the DGP on the mat­ter.

Di­rec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice OP Singh, has formed a Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (SIT) headed by In­spec­tor Gen­eral (Lucknow) to probe the case. Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SP) crime and ru­ral will be part of the team which has been asked to sub­mit its re­port at the ear­li­est.

Lucknow’s Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice met Dis­trict Mag­is­trate Kaushal­raj Sharma re­quest­ing a si­mul­ta­ne­ous mag­is­te­rial in­quiry.

The au­topsy re­vealed on Satur­day that the bul­let had hit Ti­wari in the chin and got stuck be­tween the neck and the head, lead­ing to his death due to “pro­fuse bleed­ing.”

The SSP Lucknow, Kalanidhi Naithani, said the con­sta­ble had been Booked For mur­der AF­TER KHAN iled an FIR.

The po­lice said when the con­sta­ble at Gomti­na­gar ex­ten­sion sig­nalled Ti­wari to stop For CHECK­ING, “HE TRIED to LEE.”

Po­lice sources said Ti­wari sped away and his car hit a bike on which two con­sta­bles were rid­ing, “who then chased and shot him.”

A po­lice ofi­cer, not want­ing to BE NAMED, told ME­DIA “THE Con­sta­ble ired in self-de­fence.”

The Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (Law and Order), Anand Ku­mar, how­ever, con­ceded that “law has been vi­o­lated in the in­ci­dent.”

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