The Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday issued a rare apology in the wake of the gruesome murder of Vivek Tiwari, an Apple executive in Lucknow. Tiwari was murdered by a UP Police constable on Friday night, when he was returning from an event with his female colleague.
Calling the constable ‘rogue in uniform’, the UP Police said in a statement, “No amount of apology will suffice for the loss of a precious life, heal the wounds of the devastated family. My heart goes out for the little daughters, wife & family members of Late Vivek Tiwari and I share my grief with them.
“Such deviant, criminal behaviour is reprehensible and deserves the strictest punishment. We are determined to punish & wean out such rogues in uniform who hang our heads in shame, at the same time we have also embarked on systematic reforms through behavioural training & humanisation of the force.”
The statement by the DGP Police, OP Singh, also said that the task to reform his force was ‘arduous’ but it was now his ‘foremost agenda.’
— UP POLICE (@Uppolice) September 29, 2018
Tiwari’s wife Kalpana had refused to perform the last rites of her husband demanding justice for her husband’s murder. She had expressed her anguish that despite having voted for the BJP, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s police had killed her husband.
The deceased’s brother-in-law, Vishnu Shukla, too had said that his family had supported ‘Modi ji and Yogi ji,’ but was devastated on the murder of Tiwari.
Meanwhile, there are reports that the state government has offered a financial compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the family and job for Kalpana in the municipal corporation in Lucknow. The grieving has reportedly accepted the government’s offer.
The state’s BJP government had come under huge condemnation after one of its ministers, Dharampal Singh, had seemingly justified the murder saying that only criminals were getting killed in police encounters.