Techie Vivek Tiwari Shot Dead By 2 UP Policemen, Both Charged With Murder, SIT Probe Ordered

| September 29 , 2018 , 14:38 IST

Vivek Tiwari, a 38-year-old employee of a multinational company died after he was shot by a UP Police constable in Lucknow in the early hours of Saturday after he allegedly refused to stop his SUV during police checking. Admitted to the hospital, Tiwari succumbed to injuries sustained by the gunshot.

As protest arose over the use of guns in a seemingly minor infraction, the UP police registered a case against the 2 policemen and also announced the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the incident.

According to reports, Tiwari was driving an SUV along with a former colleague around 2 AM when 2 policemen on patrol flagged down the car, asking it to stop. Tiwari first hit the police patrol bike then rammed a wall while trying to escape. Police constable Prashant Chaudhary claimed that he shot the car in self-defence. The shot hit Tiwari, and despite the policemen taking him to the hospital, he died.

Police constable Prashant Chaudhary in his defence said, "At 2 am last night, I saw a suspicious car with its lights off, when I approached the car, the driver (Vivek Tiwari) tried to run over me thrice to kill me. I fired a bullet in self-defence, he then immediately took off from the spot."

However, Tiwari's co-passenger had a different version to the incident of the night.

"The police just waylaid us and tried to stop us forcefully. Sir(Vivek Tiwari) didn't stop the car. We didn't realise who they were. There was no accident. We were trying to leave from the side. We hit the bike but they had already gotten off the bike.  One of them had a lathi. The man in the front just pulled out a revolver and fired," she said.

Vivek Tiwari's wife Kalpana in a statement condemned the police for resorting to gunfire instead of arresting him.

"Police had no right to shoot at my husband, demand UP CM to come here and talk to me." Kalpana told reporters.

UP ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar in a statement called the incident shameful and said that law had been violated.

"Law has been violated in this case. If the situation demanded firing of a bullet, it could have been fired at the car tyre, even then it was not right to do so. This is a shameful incident for us," Anand Kumar said.

"Post mortem report establishes a firearm injury from a bullet on the left side of the chin, viscera of the victim has preserved. Thorough investigation is being conducted to establish the sequence of events," he said.

"This is a sad incident. A case of murder (section 302 IPC) has been registered against the two policemen. Stringent action will be taken," Kumar said.

Meanwhile, Lucknow SSP Kalanidhi Naithani confirmed that an SIT has been formed, and said, "A SIT has been formed under SP crime. I have personally sent a request to District Magistrate for a magisterial inquiry into the incident."

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that if needed, a CBI inquiry will be ordered into the incident.

"It was not an encounter. An investigation will be conducted in this incident. If needed, we will order a CBI inquiry into the incident," said CM Yogi.