Apple executive murder: Policemen uniting against one-sided action
Uttar Pradesh

Apple executive murder: Policemen uniting against one-sided action

Lucknow, Oct 3: Even as the Uttar Pradesh police has transferred police constable Ms Rakhi Mallick, wife of police constable Prashant Choudhury accused in the murder of Apple executive Vivek Tiwari in Lucknow on Saturday, to Ballia, the police force in the state were uniting to show their solidarity in support of Prashant.

Prashant and Sandeep Kumar, accused in the murder of Vivek Tiwari created much political controversy for the Yogi Adityanath government and both the policemen were sent to jail and sacked from the service. Ms Mallick, wife of Prashant, who reported to have created ruckus at the SSP residence on Sunday last demanding lodging of an FIR against the deceased, has been transferred to far-flung Ballia district on Tuesday.

Both Prashant and his wife were posted at Gomti Nagar police station but after the incident, while Prashant has been sacked from service and was in jail, now his wife has been shifted to Ballia. Earlier, the policemen came in support of the couple, and it was reported that more than Rs 5.28 lakh were contributed in the bank account of Rakhi by the fellow constables so that they can contest the case against Prashant.

UP State Police employees council, a platform of the police constables, was contemplating to go for a day long mass leave to oppose the one sided action by the state police against Prashant and Sandeep.

The Council is slated to hold a meeting in Allahabad on October 6 where a decision would be reached about the mass leave and other issues, said council's general secretary Avinash Pathak here on Wednesday.

"The meeting of Allahabad will decide on the mass leave of the state policemen. It could be of one hour or one day but we will do something to lodge our protest against one-sided action and to press our other demands," he said.

Pathak said that the policemen are facing different problems during night patrolling and why the police officers are not held responsible for any incident. "The government was investigating that how the executive was killed but no one is saying that what were the reason for such extreme step by a policeman," he added. (UNI)