Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh (UP) police on Thursday blamed lack of professional training responsible for the killing of Apple executive Vivek Tiwari. The incident which took place last week saw the lackadaisical approach of the state police which resulted in the cold-blooded murder of Tiwari. UP Police chief or Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh said that the state police “is not trigger-happy but people friendly”.

Singh said, “For the past couple of years, training was not imparted properly. It was the failure of leadership of that time. The training was not professional and there was no emphasis on behavioural training.” Following this statement of his, DGP OP Singh said that it has been decided that a refresher course would be held for constables recruited between the period 2013 and 2017.

Talking about the murder of Tiwari in Lucknow, Singh said the two constables, Prashant Chowdhury and Sandeep Kumar were not brand ambassadors of the state police. He added, “We are not trigger-happy but people-friendly. Why did they shoot a person without a firearm? They have been arrested and dismissed (from service). A few such in the force should not be defining the culture of the force.”

“We are going to hold refresher course for these constables. It will start from October 8 in Lucknow and will be done across the state, during which besides retired and serving officers, people from other walks of life will interact with constables. Besides other aspects, our emphasis will be on behavioural training,” Singh further said.

Vivek Tiwari was shot dead early on September 29 by a policeman when he allegedly refused to stop his car for checking in UP’s capital city Lucknow. The two constables, Prashant Chowdhury and Sandeep Kumar, were arrested after an FIR was lodged on basis of a complaint by Tiwari’s colleague Sana Khan, who was travelling with him.

The DGP also said that such a criminal behaviour was reprehensible and deserved the harshest punishment. Singh added, “We are determined to punish and wean out such rogues in uniform who hang our heads in shame, at the same time we have also embarked on systemic reforms through behavioural training and humanisation of the force.”