Lucknow, Sep 29: An Apple executive was shot dead by a Uttar Pradesh constable after he allegedly refused to stop his vehicle at a checkpoint in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar extension in the early hours of Saturday.
The incident took place around 1.30 a.m. when Tiwari was returning home after the launch of iPhone X plus along with Sana Khan, his colleague.
The police constable failing to stop Apple sales manager Vivek Tiwari during a checking, chased him and shot him, killing him, colleague of the deceased stated.
She said after they were fired at, Tiwari got scared and hit the car against a pillar of an underpass and sustained more injuries.
In connection with this, two constables Prashant Chowdhary and Sundeep have been arrested.
According to the police, when the constable at Gomtinagar extension signalled Tiwari to stop for checking, “he tried to flee”. Police officials said “Tiwari sped away and his car hit a bike on which two constables were riding, who then chased and shot him”.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Lucknow Kalanidhi Naithani said constable Chowdhary has been booked for murder after Khan filed an FIR.
The constable and his colleague have been dismissed from service and sent to jail, the police said.
The Director-General of Police, O.P. Singh, has constituted 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.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said “it was not an encounter. An investigation will be conducted in this incident. If needed, we will order a CBI inquiry into the incident”.
The wife of deceased Vivek Tiwari, said: “Police had no right to shoot at my husband, demand Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath to come here and talk to me.”
Kalpana also wrote a letter to Adityanath demanding a CBI inquiry into the incident. She has also demanded a compensation of Rs 1 crore and a job in the police department.
Meanwhile, brother-in-law of deceased Vishnu Shukla sought an unbiased CBI inquiry into the matter.
“Was he a terrorist that police shot at him? We choose Yogi Adityanath as our representative, we want him to take cognizance of the incident and also demand an unbiased CBI inquiry”, Shukla said.
Reacting to police action, Deputy Chief Minister KP Maurya stated “Investigation is underway. If an innocent person has been killed by the police probe will be done. Actions will be taken against those found guilty”.