U.P. police shoot dead driver for not stopping

The probe announcement came after the victim’s family demanded a CBI probe and alleged that the police were trying to cover up the incident.

ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said the autopsy report of the victim established that he died due to a gunshot injury to his chin.

‘In self-defence’

While the policeman who was on patrol duty claimed he fired at the car in self-defence as it tried to run over his motorbike, questions are being raised on the sequence of events as narrated by the police.

As per the FIR filed by Ms. Khan, the victim’s colleague, Mr. Tiwari had parked the SUV near the City Montessori School when two policemen approached them.

“We tried to avoid them but they tried to stop us and then I suddenly felt that a bullet was fired. Our car moved forward and collided with the wall of an underpass. Vivek was bleeding heavily from his head,” read the FIR.

Talking to the media, Ms. Khan said Mr. Tiwari did not stop the car as he thought it was not wise to stop a car in an isolated place with a woman inside.

Prashant Chaudhary, the constable who fired the bullet with his service weapon, said he had found the vehicle to be “suspicious” and claimed that the car tried to run over him when he waved at it to stop.

“The car was closed and its headlights were off too. We did not know who was inside, nothing could be seen. As soon as we moved forward, the car tried to run over the bike,” alleged Mr. Chaudhary, adding that his two-wheeler was damaged.

He said he had pulled out the pistol to scare off the driver but alleged that Mr. Tiwari tried to run him over three times.

“When he did it for the third time it was with the intention to kill because I had fallen on the ground,” said the constable.

After being fired at, Mr. Tiwari reportedly lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into an underpass wall. He was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

‘Innocent man killed’

Mr. Tiwari’s wife Kalpana Tiwari has demanded a CBI probe into the incident and questioned the role and intention of the police. She said it was a case of murder and not accident.

“He was shot from the front. Police are saying that he was tried to flee. If he was not stopping the vehicle, you go to the RTO office and note down the number of the vehicle. Why did you have to shoot him? He has little children. Why did you kill an innocent man,” said Ms. Tiwari.

She also wrote a letter to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and demanded that he meet her personally.

Mr. Adityanath said the incident was not an encounter and his government would hold a thorough probe.

“Prima facie those guilty have been arrested. If needed, we will send it to the CBI,” he said.

The victim’s family have refused to cremate the body until their demands were met by the government.

The family has also demanded a compensation of Rs. 1 crore and a government job.

Later on Saturday, U.P. government announced a compensation of Rs. 25 lakh for the victim’s family and also a job to a kin.

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