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ND Tiwari’s son Rohit was smothered, says Delhi Police, files murder case

The crime branch of the Delhi Police has lodged a case of murder against anonymous persons in connection with the death of Rohit Shekhar, who won paternity suit against late Narayan Dutt Tiwari, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Rohit Shekhar was declared dead by Delhi hospital on Wednesday.

RS Krishnia, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) affirmed that the crime branch is investigating the case on the basis of the autopsy report. Sources said the autopsy report pointed to “unnatural death” caused by “smothering”.

The forensic and crime branch teams attended Rohit Shekhar’s residence as the agency took over the investigation in the case.

A statement issued by the hospital told, “Max Hospital received an emergency call from the residence of Mr. Rohit Shekhar Tiwari at 04:41 pm this afternoon (Wednesday). An ambulance brought Mr. Tiwari to Max Hospital, Saket, where he was declared ‘’brought dead’’ at the hospital emergency.”

Rohit Shekhar Tiwari had left Haldwani in Uttarakhand for Delhi on Monday morning with views to join the Congress. He was in Haldwani to cast his vote in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 11.

In Haldwani, Rohit Shekhar waited with his paternal cousin, Deepak Balutia, and interacted with locals with the intention of joining the Congress. Balutia later said Rohit Shekhar told him about joining the party calling it “his home”.

A lawyer by profession, Rohit Shekhar, had worked as an advisor to the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav from 2015 to 2017 following which he stayed with ND Tiwari, his biological father, until the latter’s death in October last year.

Rohit Shekhar is survived by his mother, Ujjwala and wife. ND Tiwari had not married Rohit Shekhar’s mother before his birth. In 2012, he filed paternity suit claiming ND Tiwari to be his biological father. A DNA test confirmed his claim and in 2014, ND Tiwari married Ujjwala.