The two Lucknow police constables, accused of killing Apple executive Vivek Tiwari on September 29, were dismissed from service on Monday morning. According to a news channel, constables Prashant Chaudhary and Sandeep Kumar were axed from service for killing Tiwari in the upscale Gomti Nagar locality for refusing to stop his car at a police check-post. This development comes right after Tiwari's wife, children and kin met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The matter came in media limelight in no time, prompting the police to arrest accused constable Prashant Chaudhary and his colleague. A murder case had also been registered against them.
Uttar Pradesh police chief OP Singh had asserted on Saturday that the “rogue” policemen will be dismissed from service. The Director General of Police (DGP) said that the shooting was a criminal case and no policeman is permitted to gun down anybody.
Constable Prashant Chaudhary claimed he had fired in self-defence. However, Sana Khan, who was accompanying Tiwari, maintained that that they hadn’t realised that the policemen wanted them to stop, and their vehicle had hit the motorcycle while trying to pass them. The two constables were arrested on the basis of an FIR lodged by Khan.
Tiwari was hit on the neck when constable Prashant Chaudhary fired at the car’s windshield. The vehicle ended up ramming into the pillar of a bridge nearby. Though Tiwari was rushed to the Lohia Hospital, he later succumbed to his injuries.