In Vivek Tiwari murder case, the Uttar Pradesh police have triggered another controversy on Thursday by declaring the accused constable Prashant Chaudhary 'innocent', and demanding a 'bravery award' for him.
After the alleged “encounter” of the Apple executive Tiwari, the UP Police and Chaudhary have been drawing flak from the public and the opposition.
However, according to a Hindi news portal, Uttar Pradesh Police Karamchari Parishad has decided to mark Friday as a 'Black Day', and on Saturday, there will be a meeting held in Allahabad. The attendees have been asked to wear a black ribbon on their arms in the support of the accused Chaudhary. Black Day messages are being sent to the police officials on WhatsApp and Facebook.
Avinash Pathak, the general secretary of Uttar Pradesh Police Karamchari Parishad said that the national spokesperson of the Rakshak Kalyan Trust, Shiva Yadav, has also supported the observance of Black Day. Slogans like 'Khaki ke samman mein, Utttar Pradesh police maidan mein (In the honour of Khaki, Uttar Pradesh police is in the battlefield)’ are part of the campaign being advertised by the Trust.
Pathak said that the attendees in Allahabad will stage a silent protest against “one-sided action against Prashant Chaudhary”, although there will be no march. A memorandum will be handed over to the district magistrate (DM) regarding the murder of the police personnel, policemen’s suicides and other issues they face.
Three hundred police personnel are expected to be present for the meeting.
Speaking with Newsclick over the issue, IPS officer Amitabh Thakur, said, “My personal opinion is that every party must be suitably heard, and definite opinion must be arrived at only after that. No one shall feel that injustice is being done to him.”
Choudhary has been receiving support – mostly from the other policemen – many of who are arguing on social media platforms that the government should fight his lawsuit because “he was doing his duty” when he shot Tiwari.
Pathak also said that in the meeting, there will be a proposal to go on a three-day leave from January 1, in protest.