Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday met the family of Vivek Tiwari, the Apple executive who was shot by two former cops in Lucknow on Saturday.
After the meeting, Kalpana Tiwari, wife of the deceased techie, said that she has been assured help by the chief minister and her faith in the state government has strengthened.
“He heard what I had to say and assured all help. I had earlier also said that I have faith in our state government and today that faith has strengthened,” Kalpana said.
“All my demands have been met. I wanted strict action against the guilty, a job, accommodation, expenses for education of my daughters and my mother-in-law. The CM acceded to all my demands,” she told reporters.
The meeting took place at CM Adityanath’s official residence at around 10 am this morning. Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma was also present in the meeting which lasted for around half an hour.
Meanwhile, 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.
Times of India cited Kalpana saying that other than the compensation, she has also been assured of a government accommodation and a permanent job.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Adityanath pulled up state DGP OP Singh over the incident, and stringent action is likely to be taken against Lucknow SSP Kalanidhi Naithani.
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.
A Special Investigation Team is investigating the case. On Sunday, a forensic team recreated the scene of the incident and inspected the two vehicles involved, Vivek’s SUV and the police motorcycle, and collected samples.
Questioning the police action, Kalpana Tiwari claimed that her husband was innocent and demanded justice for him. She said that the state police is trying to malign her dead husband’s character.
Earlier, Kalpana had written to CM Yogi Adityanath, seeking Rs 1 crore along with a job in the police department as compensation.
Earlier, Adityanath had spoken to the victim family over phone. Expressing his condolence to the family, the UP CM had told Kalpana that the government will provide all kind of help to them.
“It is a very sad incident. Such criminal offences will not be accepted by govt. Immediate action was taken; the accused has been arrested and a case has been registered. The government will provide all kinds of aid needed by the family of the deceased,” Adityanath had said.
Meanwhile, in a significant development, the 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.
Vivek’s body was Sunday cremated at Bhaisakund in the presence of state minister Brijesh Pathak and local MLA Ashutosh Tondon and others.
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.
The accused constable, Prashant Chaudhary, has been taken into police custody following the incident and a case has been registered against him under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). However, Chaudhary has claimed that he fired in self-defense.
“I didn’t shoot at him. The bullet was shot by mistake. He hit me with his car and drove it over me three times with the intention to kill me. I demand that my FIR must be registered,” Chaudhary was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. He also alleged that CM Yogi Adityanath has told the police not to register his case. “Is there no value of our lives,” he said.
Earlier, expressing grief over the incident, UP DGP OP Singh said no amount of apology would suffice for the loss of a precious life or heal and wounds of the devastated family.
“My heart goes out for the little daughters, wife and family members of Vivek Tiwari. I share my grief with them,” he said, adding such deviant, “criminal behaviour” was reprehensible and deserved the strictest punishment.
“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,” the DGP said.
“As we are striving hard for a 360 degree reform of UP Police, it’s my request to all of you to not consider the aberration of Lucknow incident as a reflection of what we truly stand for. I solicit your forgiveness, best wishes and cooperation in the journey of reformation ahead,” he added.
Cops Tried to Hush up Vivek’s Murder: UP Minister Brijesh Pathak
On Sunday, UP minister Brijesh Pathak hit out at the state police for showing “laxity” and “hushing up” the murder of the Apple executive in the city’s posh Gomti Nagar neighbourhood.
“The killers deserve to be in jail and they must get stringent punishment. Action should also be initiated against officials who showed laxity in this case and tried to hush up the murder,” Pathak told PTI.
“I will also request the honourable court to hand over the entire matter to a fast-track court so that the aggrieved family can get justice soon. I have also sought time from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath so that the aggrieved family can meet him,” he said.
The state law minister expressed “shock” over the fact that even policemen could indulge in such an act.
“The death of Vivek Tiwari has shocked us. Even the police could do such a heinous act, I did not expect,” he said.
Pathak also talked about the various anomalies reported in the case.
“The lone eyewitness was kept in police custody for nearly 17 hours and her signature was taken on a plain piece of paper. The FIR was not registered in the way it should had been. There is no consistency between the statement of Sana (who was accompanying the victim) and the FIR. And efforts were made to hush up the case,” he said.