UP minister’s ‘tribute’ to BJP supporter Vivek Tiwari, says ‘only criminals get killed in encounters’

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Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Minister Dharampal Singh on Saturday paid an unusual tribute to Vivek Tiwari, who was killed by a UP Police constable in Lucknow on Friday night.
Vivek Tiwari

Speaking to reporters, Singh said, “Encounter me aisi koi galti nahi hui. Usi ko goli lag rahi hai jo vaastav mein criminal hai. Nyay sabko, jo galti karega usko dand milega (The police shot at the person who is a criminal in reality. Whosoever will break the law will be punished).”

His comments came hours after Tiwari, a BJP supporter, was gunned down inside his SUV in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar area. He was returning from the launch event of the new series of iPhone, when a UP Police constable shot him dead. His wife Kalpana had later slammed the state’s Yogi Adityanath government saying that her husband was killed despite the family having voted for the BJP in the past.

Kalpana had said how the family was very happy when Yogi had become the chief minister last year.

Singh’s comments came after he was repeatedly asked by reporters in Mathura over the gunning down of 38-year-old Vivek Tiwari early in the morning by a policeman when the Apple area manager allegedly refused to stop his car for checking in Lucknow’s posh Gomti Nagar area.

“Everyone will get justice… There will be no politics of appeasement. Those who commit mistakes will be punished,” the minister was quoted by PTI.

He said only those who are actual “criminals” have been shot dead in police encounters and the state government had been very cautious on this issue.

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