In Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, a lawyer was shot and killed inside the courthouse
The firearm was retrieved by Sadar police officers who arrived on the scene shortly after the event.
On Monday, a lawyer was shot dead inside the Shahjahanpur civil court, in a terrifying re-enactment of the Delhi court event. The lawyer, Bhupendra Pratap Singh, was shot and killed with a country-made handgun on the third level of the court.
Lawyer shot dead in court complex in Shahjahanpur today— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 18, 2021
Forensics team have collected the evidence from the incident spot. Post-mortem of the deceased to be conducted by a panel of 3-doctors. Further investigation is underway: Police pic.twitter.com/4yM3unXYMA
"According to initial reports, it appears the man was alone. No other person was seen around him at the time of the incident. The forensic team is at work...Circumstances around killing unclear," said S Anand, Superintendent of Police, Shahjahanpur.
The motivation for the crime is unknown, however, local lawyers speculate that it may be related to rivalry in the lawyer's cases.
The forensics team has collected evidence from the scene of the incident, and the body has been transported for a post-mortem. More information is pending.
Meanwhile, Mayawati, the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and the leader of the BSP, described the lawyer's death as "extremely sad and disgusting."
यूपी के जिला शाहजहाँपुर के कोर्ट परिसर में वकील की आज दिन दहाड़े हुई हत्या अति-दुखद व शर्मनाक जो यहाँ की भाजपा सरकार में कानून-व्यवस्था की स्थिति व इस सम्बंध में सरकारी दावों की पोल खोलती है। अब अन्ततः यही सवाल उठता है कि यूपी में आखिर सुरक्षित कौन? सरकार इस ओर समुचित ध्यान दे।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) October 18, 2021