State government’s counsel Nutan Yadav has been shot dead at her official residence in Etah on Monday night. Etah Additional Superintendent of Police of Sanjay Kumar informed media, “Yadav, 35, was living in the government quarters in Etah opposite the Police Lines. She was unmarried and was living alone. A couple of people used to come from her village and stay at her residence. She was found shot dead.”

Inspector-General of Police (Law & Order) Praveen Kumar had on Tuesday said, “An FIR has been registered against two persons on the complaint of her parents.”

The police have detained a man named Bharat Singh and are on the prowl to nab another accused Dharampal Singh.

The police have detained a man named Bharat Singh and are on the prowl to nab another accused Dharampal Singh. “Prima facie, love affair seems to be the reason behind the murder,” the ASP said when asked about the possible motive of the crime. “Those who visited her are under suspicion. Yadav’s family members also suspect their role,” the officer added. Preliminary investigation by police point to the fact that Yadav was shot five times from close range. Four bullet marks are found on her face and one on her chest.

“On Monday night, she was apparently alone. The body was first seen by Yadav’s maid on Tuesday morning and she called the neighbours,” Kumar stated.

ASP Kumar also stated that the case doesn’t look one of security lapse as the entry of the culprits was friendly and neighbours did not hear gunshots. Etah Senior Superintendent of Police Swapnil Mamgain, meanwhile, told reporters that the crime was apparently committed by a close acquaintance of the family.

“The culprit will be booked and action will be initiated,” he said, NDTV reported.

Yadav originally belonged to Berhan area of Agra district and was posted as assistant prosecution officer at Jalesar court in Etah district.

Yadav originally belonged to Berhan area of Agra district and was posted as assistant prosecution officer at Jalesar court in Etah district. Her family members have filed an FIR against Bharat and Dharampal—both are distant relatives of the family. The police have filed the complaint under Section 302 of the IPC.

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This is the third attack on women lawyers in the last two months in the state. On June 12, Singh who became UP Bar Council’s first-ever female president, Darvesh Yadav was shot dead by her colleague Advocate Manish Sharma allegedly opened fire at her welcome ceremony in the court. Darvesh Singh was originally from Etah. She was the eldest daughter of a retired area police officer. In 2016, Bar Council elected her as vice-president and as Executive President in 2017.

After Darvesh, 60-year-old Supreme Court lawyer, Kuljeet Kaur was found dead with her hands and legs tied up and her mouth gagged with a piece of cloth on July 4 in Noida. Police had said that two of her house help—husband and wife were absconding and are suspects in the case.

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