Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today met the family of Apple executive Vivek Tiwari who was shot dead by a policeman in Lucknow on Saturday. The accused and one of his colleagues were arrested; they were sacked soon after.
The Chief Minister met the family this morning at his official residence. Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who had escorted the family from their home, was present at the meeting which lasted for 25 minutes.
The state government has announced a compensation of Rs. 25 lakh for the family. Additionally, Rs. 5 lakh has been given for Mr Tiwari’s children’s education; another Rs. 5 lakh has also been given for his elderly mother.
“He heard what I had to say and assured help. I had earlier also said that I have faith in our state government and today that faith has strengthened,” Kalpana Tiwari, wife of the Apple area sales manager, told news agency ANI.
“All my demands have been met. I wanted strict action against the guilty, a job, accommodation, expenses for education of my daughters and my mother-in-law. The Chief Minister acceded to all my demands,” she told reporters.
Earlier, a senior minister in the UP government had said that senior police officers tried to cover up Mr Tiwari’s murder.
A special investigation team of the UP police, headed by Lucknow Inspector General Sujeet Pandey, visited the shooting spot on Sunday afternoon and spent two hours there. Samples were also collected from the spot – a good 48 hours after the incident.
Yogi Adityanath’s government had faced severe criticism after the killing of Mr Tiwari. Home Minister Rajnath Singh had called him after the incident created an outrage across the country.