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Lucknow: Tech Executive Dies After Cop Opens Fire During Late-Night Check
A 38-year-old died after he was shot at allegedly by a police constable in Lucknow in the early hours of Saturday after he allegedly refused to stop his SUV during checking by the police.
Lucknow: SUV Driver Dies After Cop Opens Fire During Late-Night Check
New Delhi: An MNC's 38-year-old employee died after being shot at by a police constable in Lucknow in the early hours of Saturday after he allegedly refused to stop his SUV for checking by the police. The arrest of the constable and his colleague have been made with a murder case registered against them. The opposition especially, the Congress did'nt miss the oppurtunity to attack the Uttar Pradesh government, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has reacted to the incident, saying he will even ask for a CBI investigation, if need be. To investigate the case, a Special Investigation Team has been formed.
Here's 10 points:
1. The incident took place in Lucknow's Gomti Nagar extension area around 1:30 am when Vivek Tiwari was driving with a former colleague. He was asked to stop the car by two policemen on patrol. The police said that, Mr Tiwari first hit the police patrol bike and then rammed a wall while allegedly trying to escape.
2. Prashant Kumar, the constable opened fire at the car on noticing "suspicious activity" and the bullet pierced through the windscreen, Lucknow police chief Kalanidhi Naithani said.
3. The police said that Vivek Tiwari died of bullet injury at a hospital in the city. "The post-mortem report establishes a firearm injury from a bullet on the left side of the chin. The viscera of the victim has been preserved," Anand Kumar, Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) said.
4. On Saturday, the autopsy revealed that the bullet hit Tiwari's chin and got stuck between the neck and the head, leading to his death due to excessive bleeding.
5. The investigators said that the constables used "excessive force". Lucknow police chief Kalanidhi Naithani said, "This was not a planned shooting. They are saying that the car was stationary. Then the man backed his car and the constables perhaps felt that he was trying to run them over." He said, "The situation could have been avoided and that's why we have booked the constables for murder. There is a clear cut excessive use of force and it is unacceptable."
6. Constable Prashant Kumar said he opened fire in self-defence. "The lights were off. When we reached the car, whoever was inside it started the car. We parked our bike in front of the car. He hit our bike. I waved at him to stop but he reversed the car and hit us again. We asked him to come out. But he reversed for the third time and hit our bike with full force. I fell and then got up. I drew my pistol to scare him. When he tried to run over me, I had to shoot in self-defence," he said.
7. Mr Tiwari's co-passenger who filed a complaint later, however, has a different version. "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.
8. Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister said that he will ask for a CBI investigation if needed. "It was not an encounter. An investigation will be conducted in this incident. If needed, we will order a CBI inquiry into the incident," he said.
9. Vivek Tiwari had spoken with his wife minutes before he was shot at. "Is it a crime not to stop a car? I want to ask the chief minister, what kind of law and order is this?" Mr Tiwari's wife Kalpana told reporters.She has written to Yogi Adityanath and has demanded a CBI investigation. She has also demanded a compensation of Rs.1 crore.
10. The Congress attacked the Yogi Adityanath and his government. "Heart goes out to Kalpana Tiwari and her family with her husband being shot by trigger happy UP Police on mere suspicion. The CM who gave these order to the Police must answer," Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted.