Lucknow: The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the death case of Apple executive Vivek Tiwari, on Tuesday recreated the crime scene in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar area for further investigation. Also Read - Ballia Shooting: Main Accused Dhirendra Singh, Others Arrested in UP's Lucknow
The recreation by the SIT, constituted by UP DGP O P Singh, was done in the presence of SP (Crime) Dinesh Singh and a forensic team. The lone eyewitness in the case – the colleague of the deceased who was in the car when he was shot – and Vivek’s wife Kalpana Tiwari were also present at the spot. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh: Gonda Priest Attack Staged to Frame Rivals, Village Head, 6 Others Arrested, Say Police
SIT team led by IG Lucknow Range Sujit Pandey has visited the crime scene and Gomti Nagar police station thrice since it started the probe. Also Read - Hathras: CBI Takes Over Probe From UP Police, to Investigate FIR Related to Alleged Criminal Conspiracy Too | Top Points
According to reports, the probe team will questions all the persons involved in the case, including the two accused policemen – Prashant Chaudhary and Sandeep Kumar – and also the woman colleague of the deceased.
The lone eyewitness in the Vivek Tiwari death case, the Apple executive who was allegedly shot dead by a police constable in Lucknow, on Tuesday revealed that the accused constable Prashant Chaudhary shot the former from the front.
“We were returning home when 2 bike-borne police personnel – Prashant and Sandeep – came from front and Prashant shot at him. Bullet was fired from front. Few truck-drivers were present there but they didn’t help,” ANI quoted Sana Khan as saying.
The executive was shot dead on September 29 allegedly by policemen after he refused to stop his car. Sana, the lone eyewitness of the incident, is Vivek’s colleague who was in the car with him.
“The car was never stationary and it was moving. The police had no reason for coming and shouting at us. They may have misunderstood the presence of a lady in the car. It made no sense of what they did and why they did it. My statements have been misrepresented. It wasn’t that I felt like a bullet has been fired (as reported by some media) but in reality, a bullet was fired. He had no injury in his head and he was hit on his chin,” the eyewitness had earlier stated.
The postmortem report of Tiwari has revealed that he died due to a gunshot injury on the left side of his chin.
During the preliminary investigation, the cop who shot Tiwari had claimed that he fired at the latter’s car in self-defence as it tried to run over his motorbike.
Speaking from Gomti Nagar police station, Prashant Chaudhary had said, “I did not shoot him. He hit me with the car first. I asked him to come out of the car. He reversed his car twice and tried to run over me. I was on the ground and took out my pistol only to warn him. The pistol was loaded and a shot got fired. I did not fire and had no intention of shooting him. The man fled from the spot after being hit by the bullet.”
Tiwari was admitted to the hospital at 2:05 am on early Sunday morning and breathed his last at around 2:25 am.
The police handling the case did not inform the deceased’s wife till 3 am on the same day. His killing has pointed fingers at the Yogi Adityanath-led government’s capability to maintain law and order situation in the region.
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister has assured that his government will provide all assistance to the family of Tiwari and said that “such criminal offences will not be accepted by the government”.
The deceased’s wife would be given a job with the Lucknow Municipal Corporation, the chief minister’s office said even as the state government said all possible help would be extended to the victim’s family.
After the family’s meeting with Adityanath, Kalpana Tiwari said she was satisfied with the action being taken.
“I have said earlier that I have faith in the state government. This faith has been strengthened after meeting the chief minister. I have lost the capacity to take a stand after the unfortunate incident, which should not have happened. It has shaken me. After meeting the chief minister, I have gained confidence that I will be able to fulfil the responsibilities my husband has left me,” she said.
“All my demands have been met. I wanted strict action against the guilty, a job, accommodation, expenses for the education of my daughters, and my mother-in-law. The chief minister acceded to all my demands,” the victim’s wife told reporters.