Akhilesh demands Yogi Adityanath’s resignation over Lucknow shooting

Akhilesh Yadav
Akhilesh Yadav

Sep 30, Samajwadi Party president and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav demanded the resignation of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the murder of Vivek Tiwari,an executive linked to a multinational tech firm, by a police constable in Lucknow and said the Uttar Pradesh government is creating fertile grounds for a trigger-happy police to grow unhindered.

“Unfortunate, can’t imagine such an incident, but what else will you expect from BJP government in UP? There have been numerous fake encounters under this government,” Akhilesh Yadav told reporters in Madhya Pradesh’s Shahdol, where he is campaigning for his party for the assembly election.

“Uttar Pradesh cannot be saved from fake encounters until inquiry of such incidents is conducted by a sitting judge. The Yogi Adityanath government should resign as it is responsible for this incident,” he said.

The opposition’s demand came even as Union home minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Adityanath and asked him to take effective action in connection with the shooting.

Akhilesh Yadav who was in Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, also sought a judicial inquiry into the case. He also alleged that there have been numerous fake encounters in the state.

UP police chief OP Singh’s promise to wean out “rogues in uniform” who bring dishonour to the force has failed to calm Yogi Adityanath’s opponents, with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav questioning the high number of “encounters” under the saffron-robbed chief minister’s watch.

Vivek Tiwari was shot dead by the constable in the early hours of Saturday. The constable has alleged that he opened fire in “self-defence” after Tiwari rammed a patrol motorcycle and “tried to run him over”.

Prashant Chowdhary and Sandeep Kumar ,the two constables involved in the incident have been dismissed from service and arrested.

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