Vivek Tiwari, a sales manager for Apple, was shot dead early on Saturday by a police constable in the Gomti Nagar neighbourhood in Uttar Pradesh, about 13 km (8 miles) from state capital Lucknow.
The incident took place near Gomti Nagar extension at around 1.30 a.m. when Tiwari was heading home after the launch of iPhone X plus along with his colleague Sana Khan.
Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani said the two policemen on patrol duty had asked Tiwari to stop the SUV, which had hit their motorcycle and injured them. Constable Prashant Chaudhary noticed “suspicious activity” and opened fire when the man allegedly tried to speed away. A bullet pierced the windscreen as the car rammed into a pillar, police said.
Sana Khan told reporters that the constables came from the front on their motorcycle, and tried to force Tiwari to stop.
“Sir did not stop the car and when we tried to move ahead, it hit the motorcycle, she said. But the constables had got down by then”, she added saying one of them then opened fire.
Two constables were arrested on the basis of an FIR lodged by Sana Khan.
Accused constable Prashant Chaudhary who opened fire however has claimed innocence. He had said he opened fire in self-defence when Tiwari tried to run him over, according to police.
Police have arrested two constables in Uttar Pradesh over the fatal shooting of an Apple employee in an incident during a routine patrol on Saturday.
The two constables were on night motorbike patrol and the patrolman who shot Tiwari told reporters:
“I didn’t shoot at him. The bullet was shot by mistake.”
The state’s top police officer, O.P. Singh, told reporters that the policeman who shot Tiwari claimed to have fired in self-defence.
On Saturday, Tiwari’s wife had told ABP News that she held the constable responsible for killing her husband. However, she also narrated how she feared for life for her children and herself, as there was constant pressure from the police saying “they could do anything”. The widow of Vivek Tiwari also alleged that the wife of constable has filed a counter FIR wanting to prove her husband innocent.
This does not stop here. Another video of Tiwari’s daughter has surfaced online yesterday. The young child is seen in the video sharing her experience with a TOI reporter, on how the District Magistrate warned them by creating pressure on her family. She further said that the DM threatened them by saying that your family is not the only one and as per the girl he asked them to agree to something he was saying. When the reporter questioned her of what dire consequences the DM was hinting, the young girl in her innocence was unable to answer.
#VivekTiwari killing is turning into one bone-chilling episode.
— Rohan Dua (@rohanduaTOI) September 30, 2018
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the state would investigate the incident and would hand over the case to the federal police if required. Apart from van and motorcycle mobile patrols, it is common in India for police to perform random checks at temporary road blocks.
The family of Tiwari, who leaves behind two daughters, has demanded a special inquiry into the incident, employment for his widow and cash compensation.
The state has promised cash compensation of 250,000 rupees ($3,448.28) for his family and a job at the municipal corporation for his widow, the state police spokesman said.