Lucknow: Two constables of Lucknow Police would be tried under murder charges for the death of an Apple executive last year.

Lucknow resident Vivek Tiwari was shot dead and now constables Prashant and Sandeep would be tried under murder charges after the former’s statement was found to be false in a magisterial inquiry.

The court has directed Sandeep to surrender by March 22. Sandeep had been given the clean chit by the SIT formed to investigate the case.

Meanwhile, the final hearing in the matter is also around the corner and is slated for later this month. The Allahabad High Court had given the state government time to reply on the bail application moved on behalf of Prashant.

Meanwhile, on behalf of the wife of the deceased, advocate Pranshu Agrawal also appeared and sought time to file a reply to the bail plea of Prashant.

On September 29, Vivek Tiwari, an Apple executive, was shot dead when he allegedly refused to stop his car for routine checking in Lucknow’s posh Gomti Nagar area. Constables Prashant Chowdhury and Sandeep Kumar were arrested after an FIR was lodged on the basis of a complaint by Tiwari’s colleague Sana Khan who was travelling with him.

Three Station House Officers were removed while four constables suspended when they protested against the arrest of constable Prashant. The two terminated policemen were also taken into custody from UP’s Varanasi and Mirzapur for instigating other constables to hold protests.

The stern action against the policemen was taken after they observed ‘Black Day’, tying black ribbons on their arms in support of the accused constables.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath handed over a cheque worth Rs 40 lakh to the kin of Vivek Tiwari.