LUCKNOW: The woman who was with Vivek Tiwari when he was shot by a policeman in Lucknow recalled how two bike-borne police personnel opened fire at him.
"We were returning home when two bike-borne police personnel Prashant and Sandeep overtook us from the front and Prashant shot at him. The bullet was fired from the front. After he was shot at, I tried seeking the help of other people on the spot. A few truck drivers were present there but they did not help," the sole witness in the murder case said.
Alleging that her statement to the police was tampered with, she requested that it be recorded again. She has requested the authorities to let Vivek's wife Kalpana be present when she records her statement again in front of the police. "I want ma'am to be there with him when I give my statement so that it is not altered again as was done last time," the witness said.
She was present in the car with him at the time of the incident and had earlier also claimed that the policeman had shot at him point-blank through the car's windshield.
Meanwhile, Vivek's post-mortem report has revealed that he died due to a gunshot on the left side of the chin. The report demolishes the 'self-defence' theory given by the accused police constable and establishes that Vivek did not die due to the accident.
The accused cop, in his defence, had claimed that Vivek died after his car collided with a pillar, a few metres away from the shooting spot, as he tried to escape.
Vivek Tiwari, an employee with multinational technology company Apple, was shot dead by policemen in Lucknow last week on Saturday. His killing raised questions about the Yogi Adityanath-led UP government's ability to handle law and order situation in the state.
A second FIR was filed in the case on Monday naming the two policemen as accused.
The FIR was filed after Vivek Tiwari's family demanded that they be made complainants in the case. Earlier, the first FIR was filed against unknown persons by Vivek's woman colleague, who was travelling with him at the time of the murder.