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Apple area sales manager shot dead in UP for not stopping his car

Apple executive's death has sparked outrage in Uttar Pradesh as Special Investigation Team looks into the incident.

  • Published: September 30, 2018 11:07 AM IST
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Vivek Tiwari, an area manager working with Cupertino-based iPhone maker Apple, has been shot dead by a policeman in Uttar Pradesh. The shooting took place near the Mukadampur Police Station in Lucknow’s Gomtinagar on Friday night. It has been alleged that Tiwari was shot for refusing to stop his car when asked by the police.

The deceased, Vivek Tiwari, was an area sales manager with Apple, the world’s largest technology company. According to media reports, Vivek was returning from work with a woman colleague. When asked to stop by two policemen on a bike, Vivek reportedly refused to comply and instead tried to ram his car on the bike of these policemen. Prashant Chaudhary, one of the two policemen, on the bike shot at Tiwari’s car in order to prevent escape.

The constable stationed at the Gomtinagar Police Station claims that he shot at Tiwari in self-defense. The gunshot forced Tiwari’s car to change direction and jammed into a divider. An injured Tiwari was taken to the Lohia Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The post-mortem report declared the cause of death as being shot.

“He (Vivek Tiwari) had a bullet injury near the ear on the left side, he died during treatment,” said Devendra Singh Negi, director, Lohia Hospital. According to India Today, Negi also confirmed that two police personnel involved in the accident were also treated at the hospital.

Since the incident came to light, constable Chaudhary has claimed that he fired in self-defense. However, authorities have filed a case against the two police personnel under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The death of Vivek Tiwari has sparked outrage in the district. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has spoken to the UP DGP OP Singh about the incident and has said that CBI inquiry will be ordered if needed.

The District Magistrate of Lucknow has ordered magisterial inquiry and a Special Investigation Team has been formed to probe into the incident. Kalpana Tiwari, wife of Apple executive Vivek Tiwari, has demanded impartial probe into the death of her husband.

“I waited for my husband till two in the night. After that, I started calling him continuously on both his mobiles — both of which were functioning but no one picked up. Around 3 am a man called me up and said that your husband and his colleague have suffered minor injuries and are being treated at the Lohia Hospital. When I asked who the caller was, they said they were an employee of the hospital. Why didn’t the police call to inform me about my husband’s accident?” she told news agency ANI.

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Kalpana has also alleged that the police is trying to cover up the incident. She had demanded the UP CM to talk to her while Tiwari’s brother-in-law has demanded a CBI probe into the death. Vivek Tiwari’s colleague in the car has said that she is not in a condition to say anything and is demanding the culprit to be punished. This incident raises further questions about how UP Police maintains law and order and whether they are entitled to take matters into their own hands.

  • Published Date: September 30, 2018 11:07 AM IST