A 38-year-old dentist was brutally murdered on Friday afternoon at her home in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra, while her two children were in the next room. The killer was arrested later following a gunfight.
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A 38-year-old dentist was brutally murdered on Friday afternoon at her home in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra, while her two children were in the next room. The children were attacked too by a man identified as Shubham Pathak who gained entry into the house on the pretext of recharging their cable TV.
The accused was arrested on Saturday morning after the police identified him from CCTV footage.
The incident took place in Kamla Nagar area of Agra on Friday when Dr Nisha Singhal and her children were in the house. The man, pretending to a cable TV technician, entered the house and slit Nisha Singhal’s throat with a knife.
Nisha Singhal was admitted to a private hospital in a critical condition where she was declared dead later. The children, who survived the attack, are currently undergoing treatment at the same hospital. Nisha Singhal’s husband, Ajay, is a surgeon and was on duty at the time of the attack.
According to the police, the person who came to recharge the cable TV, murdered the doctor and also attempted to kill the two children who were in another room.
ADG Ajay Anand said police arrested the accused Shubham Pathak on Saturday after accessing CCTV footage and conducting raids at several places. He said Shubham entered Nisha Singhal’s house for the purpose of robbery, slit her throat, and attacked the two children.
IG A Satish Ganesh said when the police investigated the matter, it was found that Shubham killed the doctor. Police said Shubham even tried to escape, opened fire at the police and suffered a bullet injury during retaliatory firing.
Shubham Pathak has been admitted to a hospital and a bag with stolen goods has been recovered from him.
Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed outrage over the incident in Agra. He said, “The state is shocked by the incident in Agra where a women’s throat was slit at her home in a busy residential area. The BJP government is busy defending corrupt officials and creating false cases against opposition leaders. The state, instead of focusing on advertising itself on television, should focus on reducing crime in Uttar Pradesh.”