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Elected Just Two Days Ago, First Woman UP Bar Council President Shot Dead in Court

Agra city's additional superintendent of police Praveen Verma said she was shot thrice by lawyer Manish Sharma, who then tried to kill himself.

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

Singh, who was elected to the post two days ago, and is the first woman to hold the post, had come for a visit to the civil court when she was attacked around 2.30 pm at the ceremony in her honour when lawyer Manish Sharma suddenly got up and opened fire on her, police said.

Agra city’s additional superintendent of police Praveen Verma said she was shot thrice by Sharma, who had been her long-time acquaintance.

Sharma suddenly got up and before anyone could react, “he shot himself too,” the official told PTI.

“Sharma is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital and is in a critical condition,” he said. Singh’s body has been sent for post mortem.

Singh had come on her first visit to the civil court after her election, he said quoting eyewitnesses. He said the pistol used by the lawyer is a licensed weapon and the police have taken possession of it.

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