Lucknow, December 20: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to investigate the killing of a 38-year-old Apple employee Vivek Tiwari in Lucknow on September 29, found an Uttar Pradesh Police constable guilty of unprovoked firing. The seven-member SIT team said that constable Prashant Chowdhary opened fire on Tiwari without any threat to his life. “Chowdhary has been found guilty of murdering Tiwari without any provocation. The probe has revealed that the second constable had no common intention to kill Tiwari,” reported Hindustan Times quoting Inspector General Sujeet Pandey as saying. Vivek Tiwari Killing: Faith in UP Government Has Strengthened, Says Apple Executive's Wife Kalpana Tiwari.
Meanwhile, the SIT absolved Chowdhary’s colleague, constable Sandip Kumar, who was with him when the incident took place, from murder. However, Kumar, has been charged under IPC section 323 for “voluntarily causing hurt” to Tiwari’s ex-colleague, Sana Khan. Tiwari was dropping khan to her home when he was shot dead. Chowdhary has been charged under IPC’s section 302.
Tiwari was returning home in the early hours of September 29, when he was shot on his chin by a police constable for refusing to stop his vehicle. However, the Chowdhary had claimed that he fired in self-defence, as Tiwari tried to run his car over him. The CCTV footage of the incident showed that the Apple techie’s car was moving normally in Gomti Nagar locality.