Lucknow (UP): Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday attacked the Yogi Adityanath government in the state over the killing of Apple tech executive Vivek Tiwari in Lucknow raking up the previous fake encounter cases. Terming the incident as unfortunate, Yadav remarked: “what else can be expected under this government?” Also Read - Rajya Sabha Seat Left Vacant After Ram Vilas Paswan's Death May Not go to LJP Again - This is Why
“Unfortunate, can’t imagine such an incident, but what else will you expect from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh, there have been numerous fake encounters under this government,” he said, news agency ANI reported. Also Read - ED Raids Premises Linked to Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik in Money-Laundering Case
On Friday night, Vivek Tiwari was allegedly shot by a police personnel in Uttar Pradesh’s capital city Lucknow after which his car met with an accident. He later succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at a hospital. Also Read - Good News! More Girls Are Now Being Adopted by Foreign Couples, UP Govt Credits 'Mission Shakti' Programme
The incident happened around 1.30 AM, when Tiwari was heading home after the launch of iPhone XS and XS Max along with Sana Khan, his colleague. Khan said that cops fired at Tiwari when he didn’t stop his vehicle since it was deserted.
After they were fired at, Tiwari got scared and drove the SUV into an underpass pillar, further sustaining injuries, she said. She also alleged that the cops ran away after their vehicle got hit.
Denying that Lucknow shooting was an encounter, Chief Minister Yogi asserted that the probe will be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), if required. “It was not an encounter. An investigation will be conducted in this incident and if needed, we will order a CBI inquiry into the incident,” the Chief Minister told media.
Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to investigate the killing of tech giant Apple executive. The accused constable in the case, Prashant Chaudhary, was on Saturday arrested and booked for murder, an official said. The constable and his colleague have been dismissed from service and sent to jail, the police said.
The police said when the constable at Gomtinagar extension signalled Tiwari to stop for checking, “he tried to flee”. Police sources said Tiwari sped away and his car hit a bike on which two constables were riding, “who then chased and shot him”.