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Apple techie killing: Opposition slams UP govt, DM says all demands sanctioned

Lucknow DM Kaushal Raj Sharma said that all the demands made by the family of Vivek Tiwari have been sanctioned in writing.

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Lucknow DM Kaushal Raj Sharma said that all the demands made by the family of a young Apple executive who was allegedly shot dead from close range by the police in Lucknow have been sanctioned in writing. But the government has so far announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh.

“All demands of the family sanctioned, given in written. If they want CBI enquiry, then it will be initiated. Job will be given to his wife and Rs 25 lakhs will be given as compensation. Enquiry will be completed within 30 days,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

Family members of Vivek Tiwari had earlier reiterated the demand for a CBI probe into the incident. The family also demanded a job for Tiwari’s widow and appropriate compensation.

Tiwari’s brother said that the family will take the body of the slain techie to Yogi Adityanath’s residence if the Chief Minister did not visit them.

“We’re waiting for Yogi-ji to come here else we’ll take Vivek’s body to his residence. If he can’t come, we’ll go,” Tiwari’s brother was quoted as saying by ANI.

Earlier today, Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the UP CM and DGP regarding the incident. According to reports, Adityanath assured the Home Minister that judicious and effective investigation is underway.

Singh, who represents Lucknow in the Lok Sabha, has sought a detailed report in the case.

Opposition party leaders, meanwhile, slammed the BJP-led UP government.

Former Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said on Twitter, “The UP government should shed its unsympathetic attitude and give written guarantee a government job for the wife of the deceased and Rs 5 crore financial assistance for future the children. Only those with families know what familial responsibility means. We are with the aggrieved family in this hour of crisis.”


Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) chief Raj Babbar has demanded an explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the UP Chief Minister on the senseless killing.

“If people are not safe in the constituency of the Union Home Minister, one can very well gauge the situation elsewhere in the state,” he said.

Tiwari’s widow, Kalpana, has accused the police of being “trigger-happy”.

She told reporters that the police had only informed her of “an accident” and that her husband had been taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.

When she reached there, along with her two daughters, they were told that Tiwari “had died due to excessive bleeding”, she told the media, adding the bullet angle was not even revealed to the family. The couple had spoken on the phone minutes before the accident.

“We were so happy when the Bharatiya Janata Party government was voted to power…when Yogiji became Chief Minister…was it for all this?” she asked.

In a letter written to the Chief Minister Kalpana demanded a CBI inquiry, a compensation of Rs 1 crore and a government job as per her educational qualifications.

Vivek Tiwari, a 38-year-old assistant sales manager for Apple India, was allegedly shot dead in the wee hours of Saturday by one of the two cops on patrol duty. The alleged shooting took place at around 1:30 am in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar area.

The policeman shot at a car on noticing alleged suspicious activity, injuring the driver of the vehicle which then rammed into a wall. The incident happened when Tiwari was heading home after the launch of iPhone X plus with a female colleague.

Prashant Chaudhary and Sandeep Kumar, the policemen accused of shooting Vivek, have been arrested and charged under Section 302 of IPC. The UP Police have also ordered a SIT investigation into the Vivek’s death.

But Chaudhary claimed that Tiwari tried to hit him with his car.

“I didn’t shoot at him. The bullet was shot by mistake. He hit me with his car and drove it over me three times with the intention to kill me. I demand that my FIR must be registered,” Chaudhary was quoted as saying by ANI.

But Tiwari’s colleague said that the police waylaid them and tried to stop them forcefully.

“The police just waylaid us and tried to stop us forcefully. Sir (Vivek Tiwari) didn’t stop the car. We didn’t realise who they were. There was no accident. We were trying to leave from the side. We hit the bike but they had already gotten off the bike. One of them had a lathi. The man in the front just threw a revolver and fired,” NDTV quoted the colleague as saying.