UP Bar Council president Darvesh Yadav had created history of sorts on Monday by becoming the first woman to be elected as the president of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council. But the joy was shot lived as she was shot dead by a fellow-advocate while she was attending an event on the Agra district court premises today, barely two days after she was elected to the position. The attacker, identified as Manish Sharma, then shot himself with his licensed pistol.
Both were taken to the Pushpanjali Multispeciality Hospital in the city, Ms Yadav died soon afterwards. Manish Sharma has been hospitalised in a critical condition.
According to sources, Manish Sharma allegedly shot Ms Yadav three times while she was attending her welcome ceremony in the bar council chambers around 2:30 pm. Police are trying to ascertain the motive behind his action.
Tensions rose in the region after the incident occurred, with advocate groups threatening to launch protests from tomorrow.
This was Ms Yadav’s first visit to the court after her election. News agency PTI quoted witnesses as saying that Manish Sharma suddenly stood up in the middle of the ceremony and opened fire at her. Then, before the others could recover, he shot himself.
The Bar Council of India condemned the murder and demanded a minimum compensation of Rs. 50 lakh for her family from the Uttar Pradesh government. It also demanded that the administration ensure the safety of its members, news agency ANI reported.
The incident provoked many political reactions on social media, some of whom slammed the Yogi Adityanath government.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav attributed the incident to the “deteriorating” law-and-order situation in Uttar Pradesh, and said that even “upholders of the law are not safe”.