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Lawyer Shoots Dead First Woman President of UP Bar Council in Agra Court, Turns Gun on Himself

The accused lawyer, a long-time acquaintance of the victim, also shot himself and is in a critical condition, the police said.

Qazi Faraz Ahmad | News18.com@qazifarazahmad

Updated:June 12, 2019, 6:59 PM IST
Lawyer Shoots Dead First Woman President of UP Bar Council in Agra Court, Turns Gun on Himself
Darvesh Singh was elected as president of the UP bar council two days ago.

Agra: Uttar Pradesh Bar Council president Darvesh Singh was shot dead on Wednesday in the court premises here by a lawyer who then tried to kill himself, police said.

Singh, the first woman president of the bar council elected to the post two days ago, had come for a visit to the Civil Court when she was attacked around 2.30 pm.

Agra City's Additional Superintendent of Police Praveen Verma said she was shot by lawyer Manish Sharma, who had been her long-time acquaintance.

After spraying three bullets on her, Sharma also shot himself," the official told PTI. "Sharma is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital and is in a critical condition."

He said the pistol used by the lawyer is a licensed weapon and the police have taken possession of it.

Reacting sharply to the incident, Rashtriya Lok Dal spokesperson Anil Dubey said, "Law and order in the state has been crippled under the current regime of Yogi Adityanath. There has been an increase in crimes like murder, loot and rape. The murder of the woman Bar Council chief is certainly a blot on the law and order situation in the state. The chief minister is holding meetings with officials over law and order while people are being shot dead on the other hand."

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav also condemned the incident, saying the law and order situation in the started has deteriorated.

Singh had come on her first visit to the Civil Court after her election, he said quoting eyewitnesses.

At the ceremony in her honour, Sharma suddenly got up and opened fire on her, police said. Before anyone could react, he shot himself too. Singh's body has been sent for a post-mortem.

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