Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stirred a controversy on Sunday with his remarks on the murder of an Apple employee in Lucknow! A day after 28-year-old Vivek Tiwari, sales manager at tech giant Apple, was shot allegedly by two policemen for not stopping his car at a police checkpoint in Lucknow’s Gomtinagar area early on Saturday— politicians visited the family of the deceased and offered condolences. But it was Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s tweets that attracted criticism from the victim’s family.
He invited an unexpected & a scathing reply from the wife of the deceased. In a series of tweets, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader asked why Vivek Tiwari was killed even though he was a Hindu when the BJP claims to be a protector of Hindus.
“Vivek Tiwari was a Hindu. Then, why they killed him?- Kejriwal
BJP ke neta pure desh me Hindu ladkiyon ka rape karte ghoom rahe hai? Apni aankho se parda hataiye. BJP Hinduon ki hitaishi nahi hai. Satta paane ke liye agar inhe saare Hinduon ka katal karna pade toh yeh do minute nahi sochenge (Vivek was a Hindu. Why did they kill him then? BJP leaders are raping Hindu girls all over the country. Remove curtains from your mind. BJP is not the well-wisher of Hindus. They won’t even think for two minutes before killing all the Hindus in order to get power).”
विवेक तिवारी तो हिंदू था? फिर उसको इन्होंने क्यों मारा? भाजपा के नेता पूरे देश में हिंदू लड़कियों का रेप करते घूमते हैं?
अपनी आँखों से पर्दा हटाइए। भाजपा हिंदुओं की हितैषी नहीं है। सत्ता पाने के लिए अगर इन्हें सारे हिंदुओं का क़त्ल करना पड़े तो ये दो मिनट नहीं सोचेंगे https://t.co/A2LhxrVNpv
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 30, 2018
“Ek begunaah Hindu ko din dahade goli maar di. Unke hatyare se thane me bitha kar press conference karwate ho. Aapka mantri aapko apradhi ghoshit karta hai. Unke liye jab hum nyay maangte hain to BJP wale kahte hai hamari soch ochhi hai (Killed an innocent Hindu in daylight. You make his killers do a press conference in the police station. Your minister declares you a criminal. When we ask justice for them, you say we have small thinking),” said Kejriwal in an another tweet.
He invited a scathing reply from the wife of the deceased!
“Please do not connect everything to faith and religion,” said Kalpana, Tiwari’s widow, adding that Kejriwal has no idea what she is going through and there should not be any politics over her husband’s death.
Kalpana’s brother Vishnu Shukla said they appreciated AAP leader Sanjay Singh’s offer of help, said Tiwari was an Indian first.
“We already have cleared our stand. We are in grief and our lives have been destroyed. At this time whoever is standing with us. we don’t care which party or religion the person belongs. Whoever is with us is ours. We have hope from the BJP and administration as they are in power. We are not of a party or a religion. Vivek was an Indian, an Indian has been killed. He was not a general, not an OBC, neither SC nor ST. He was also not a Hindu or a Muslim. He was a normal innocent human being,” said Shukla. (Source- Indian Express)
A special investigation team of the UP police, headed by Lucknow Inspector General Sujeet Pandey, visited the incident spot on Sunday afternoon and spent two hours there. Samples were also collected from the spot-a good 48 hours after the incident. Questions have also been raised on whether Lucknow cops crashed Mr Tiwari’s SUV again, deliberately after the shooting incident. Pictures of the SUV from Saturday night show it banged against a pillar with damage to one side. Pictures taken 12 hours later at the Gomti Nagar police station, where it was towed, show the entire front portion of the SUV badly damaged.
Tiwari is survived by his wife and two children.