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29 Sep 2018

Lucknow: Vivek Tiwari's wife demands Rs. 1cr compensation, CBI investigation

Vivek Tiwari's wife demands CBI-probe, Rs. 1cr compensation

Kalpana Tiwari, wife of Vivek Tiwari, the unarmed man who was shot at by UP Police has demanded Rs. 1 crore compensation and a CBI investigation into his death.

Kalpana has written to CM Yogi Adityanath demanding action into her husband's death.

On Friday night, Vivek, an employee of Apple, was shot at by officials in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.

Here's all about the chilling incident.

In context

Vivek Tiwari's wife demands CBI-probe, Rs. 1cr compensation
Backstory: Police shot unarmed Vivek after he didn't 'stop vehicle'

What happened

Backstory: Police shot unarmed Vivek after he didn't 'stop vehicle'

The incident took place at around 1:30 AM on Saturday when Tiwari was driving home with his colleague, Sana.

Lucknow SP Kalanidhi Naithani said that Tiwari had been asked to stop his SUV for checking, but panicked and fled, prompting the constable to open fire.

The bullet grazed Tiwari's neck, and the injured executive rammed his car against an underpass pillar sustaining more injuries.

Wife's questions

"Even if he didn't stop car, why did they fire?"

Kalpana said when Vivek didn't return after 2 AM, she called both his phones. No one answered.

At around 3:15 AM, a man answered saying her husband is in hospital.

"Even if I believe the police's version that he didn't stop the car, why didn't they go to RTO office, and arrest him from our home. Why did they fire bullets?" Kalpana asked.

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Was he a terrorist, asks Vivek's brother-in-law

"Was he a terrorist that police shot at him? We choose Yogi Adityanath as our representative, we want him to take cognizance of the incident and also demand an unbiased CBI inquiry," said Vishnu Shukla, Vivek's brother-in-law.

What will I tell my daughters, asks Kalpana

A former Samsung employee, 38-year-old Vivek had two daughters

Vivek Tiwari

A former Samsung employee, 38-year-old Vivek had two daughters

The young executive graduated from Kamla Nehru Institute of Technology (KNIT), Sultanpur in 1999 and then pursued MBA from Institute of Management Studies, Meerut. He hailed from Sultanpur.

Before Apple, he was employed with Samsung in Rajasthan.

He was managing UP East Part 1 for Apple in Lucknow since 2014. 38-year-old Vivek is survived by Kalpana and two daughters.

Action taken

SP says constable may have fired in self-defense

Constable Prashant Kumar and his colleague Sandeep Kumar were arrested soon. Prashant was charged with murder and an FIR has been registered.

"The constable fired in self-defense believing that some criminals were inside the car as the victim tried to flee after hitting the patrol bike," said Kalanidhi.

But ADG Police Anand Kumar wondered why wasn't the bullet fired at car's tire.

It wasn't an encounter, says Yogi Adityanath, promises action

This incident has sparked widespread outrage with questions about 'policing the police' being raised. Adityanath said the incident was not an encounter. "An investigation will be conducted in this incident and if needed, we will order a CBI inquiry into the incident," he told media.

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