First Woman Bar Council Prez shot dead while Yogi reviews law & order situation

Agra, June 12: Even as UP CM was discussing law and order situation with top officials to prevent crime against women, the first woman President of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council, Darwesh Yadav, was shot dead in Agra Civil courts. The accused is her own colleague Manish Sharma, police said.

Sharma pumped three bullets, and later shot himself.

The two were rushed to Pushpanjli hospital, where doctors declared her dead. The condition of Sharma remains critical.

The body of Darwesh Yadav has been sent for post mortem, a police officer said.

Darwesh Yadav was elected president of the Bar on June 9 at Prayagraj. She was the first woman president of the Bar Council.

Manish Sharma was her close associate. The two were meeting lawyers in their chambers to thank them for their support.

Some eye witnesses said the two had heated arguments in senior lawyer Arvind Mishra's chamber, when Manish Sharma lost his cool, pulled out his pistol and fired at Darwesh from point blank range.

Yogi's  meeting assumes significance as in the past few days, the state has witnessed a spate of heinous crimes -- ranging from rapes of toddlers, incidents of crime against women and even an attack on a journalist.

Adityanath directed the officials present at the meeting to ensure that there was no compromise on law and order.

"In the districts, the district magistrates and senior superintendents of police or superintendents of police are directly responsible for the law-and-order situation. Hence, they have to work by adopting strictness, boldness and impartiality. A close watch should be maintained on anti-social elements, and immediate and effective remedial action should be initiated at every level," he said.

Orders were also issued to review the functioning of the anti-Romeo squads and stop the incidents of crime against women. People should be made aware of the various welfare and empowerment measures initiated by the government for women, the chief minister said.Instructions were issued to conduct raids at all possible places from where illegal and spurious liquor was being sold. The public should also be made aware about the spurious liquor being sold from illegal outlets, Adityanath said.

News24 Bureau/ Agencies

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