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1st woman prez of UP Bar Council shot dead

AGRA: Uttar Pradesh Bar Council president Darvesh Yadav was shot dead allegedly by a fellow-advocate while she was attending an event on the Agra district court premises Wednesday, two days after she was elected to the position. The attacker, identified as Manish Sharma, then shot himself with his licensed pistol.

Police said that although both were taken to the Pushpanjali Multispeciality Hospital in the city, Yadav died soon afterwards. Manish Sharma has been hospitalised in a critical condition.

According to sources, Manish Sharma allegedly shot 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 Yadav's first visit to the court after her election. Witnesses said 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.

Yadav, who belongs to Etah, made history on Monday by becoming the first woman to be elected as the president of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council. Police said Yadav's relatives, including a sister who works as a police officer in Muzaffarnagar, have been informed of the incident.

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.

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