An Apple executive was shot dead by two Uttar Pradesh constables in Lucknow.
The constables, identified as Prashant Chowdhary and Sundeep, were arrested on Sep 29th morning in connection with the crime.
The executive was shot dead after he allegedly refused to stop his SUV at a checkpoint in Gomti Nagar extension late night on Saturday.
The incident happened when the deceased Vivek Tiwari was driving towards his home with a colleague, identified as Sana Khan, after the launch of iPhone X Plus when he was intercepted by the police at a checkpoint.
“The Lucknow incident is not an encounter. We would get the incident investigated. The accused have been expelled. If needed, we will recommend a CBI investigation,” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said in a statement.
Chaudhary said he shot at the victim in self-defense. “I waved at the driver to stop but he reversed the car and hit our motorcycle. When the driver hit the motorcycle for the third time, I pulled out a pistol to scare him. Later, I had to shoot in self-defense,” he said.
As per the reports, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Lucknow Kalanidhi Naithani said constable Prashant Chowdhary has been booked under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. “We have sufficient evidence against the constable. In their defense, the constables said that they sustained knee injuries after they were hit by the car. They opened fire when they saw Tiwari trying to reverse the car,” the SSP added.
“This doesn’t appear to be a pre-planned incident. Two constables have been detained and a special investigation team has been formed to probe the case.
Victim Vivek Tripathi's wife at her house talks to mediapersons. pic.twitter.com/m2tt5PL325
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While the family is grieving, Vivek’s brother questioned the authorities and asked for justice. “Was he a terrorist that police shot at him? We choose Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as our representative and want him to take cognizance of the incident. We also demand an unbiased CBI inquiry.”
This is not the first time that people with power or authority have used it to get away with crime, and so are the constables. An SIT, headed by the SP, has been set up to probe the case, and the Government has been showing their full support to transfer the case to the CBI if requires.