New Delhi: The family of Vivek Tiwari, the Apple executive who was allegedly shot dead by a cop in Lucknow’s posh Gomti Nagar area on Saturday, is grieving over the loss. However, far from the agony that Vivek’s family is going through, politicians are too busy playing the blame game on the tragic incident and trying to make the most out of a death. Also Read - As Air Quality Remains Poor in Delhi, Here’s How Kejriwal Govt is Fighting Pollution
To begin with, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday used the religious angle to attack the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government over Vivek’s death. Also Read - Delhi Odd-even Scheme: It Will be Our 'Last Weapon' to Fight Air Pollution, Says Kejriwal Govt
“Vivek Tiwari was a Hindu, right? Then why was he killed? BJP leaders rape Hindu girls across the country? See it clear. BJP is not well-wisher of Hindus. If they have to murder Hindus for power, they won’t think twice,” he alleged in his tweet in Hindi. Also Read - Mission Shakti: UP Govt Sets up 'Pink Patrol' to Maximise Women Safety, Will be Operational 24*7
He also responded to some of the question raised by Twitter users in connection with the incident, like whether there will be a proper investigation in the case.
“No. Even though Vivek Tiwari was a Hindu. The BJP does not protect the interests of Hindus,” he replied in response to a tweet.
Kalpana Tiwari, the wife of the deceased techie, slammed Kejriwal for bringing up the religion and politicising the case.
Responding to Kejriwal’s remarks, Tiwari’s widow Kalpana said that the Delhi CM should not have played politics on the death of her husband. “He does not know what I am going through. No politics should be played over my husband’s death. Please do not connect everything to faith and religion,” she said.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari slammed Kejriwal on his tweet, saying AAP volunteers should note their leader’s “low mentality”.
Tiwari, in his tweet in Hindi, also referred to the death of two AAP workers Santosh Koli and Soni, in which some AAP leaders were allegedly involved.
A complaint has now been filed against Kejriwal for giving “communal twist” to Vivek’s killing by BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay in Delhi’s Tilak Marg Police Station.
Second on the list is Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati who said that people of the upper caste, particularly the Brahmin community, is being targeted by the state police.
Mayawati also said that if she was the chief minister, she would have first taken action against the accused cops before meeting the family of the deceased. She also attacked the UP government over alleged delay in taking action against the cops accused of opening fire and killing the Apple executive.
“If I were the chief minister, I would have first taken action against the involved cops, and only then met the victim family. Not the other way round like the CM did,” she said.
Meanwhile, former UP Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav targeted the Yogi government over the incident, saying that those responsible for maintaining law and order have resorted to killing innocent people.
Questioning the encounter strategy of the UP Police, Yadav said that the BJP government in the state has received many more notice from the Human Rights Commission as compared to the erstwhile governments.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi also didn’t restrain from jumping into the blame game over Vivek Tiwari’s killing. He questioned Yogi Adityanath-led government’s strategy of resorting to encounter killing to deal with criminals.
Owaisi alleged that poor and innocent people are being killed in the state in the name of encounter. He said that legal procedure should be followed in a criminal case.
Vivek’s family met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday who assured them of all the required help and necessary action in the case. Other than that, the state government announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the deceased’s family. Other than that, Rs 5 lakh has been given for his children’s education and another Rs 5 lakh for his elderly mother.
Also, a government job and accommodation has been assured to the family of the deceased.
Vivek Tiwari (38) was shot Saturday by constables Prashant Chowdhury and Sandeep Kumar while he was going to drop his colleague Sana Khan. It is alleged that the cops shot Vivek after he refused to stop his car.
Two constables — Prashant Chowdhury and Sandeep Kumar — have been arrested on the basis of an FIR lodged by Tiwari’s colleague Sana Khan, who was travelling with him at the time of the incident. The two accused have also been dismissed from the service.
The two policemen, accused of shooting the executive, were named in a fresh FIR that has been registered in the case. The second FIR was registered after Vivek’s family demanded that they should also be made complainants in the case. His wife Kalpana is the main complainant in the second FIR.
The second FIR was registered after Vivek’s family demanded that they should also be made complainants in the case. His wife Kalpana is the main complainant in the second FIR.
The first FIR was filed on the basis of the complaint submitted by Vivek’s colleague. She is the only eyewitness in the case because she was travelling with Vivek in the same car.