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BAREILLY: Three weeks after a shootout inside a court in Delhi’s Rohini, gunfire echoed in the record room of a sessions court in UP’s Shahjahanpur on Monday morning.
Bhupendra Pratap Singh, 55, a retired school teacher who had been practising as a lawyer since 2019, was allegedly shot dead by his rival, also an advocate. The assailant, Suresh Gupta, fled after the attack, leaving behind a country-made pistol.
Police scanned CCTV footage and zeroed in on Gupta later in the day. A blood-stained shirt of the accus-ed was among the other evidence seized, said police sources. Singh had a “rivalry with the advocate”, police said, and added that they ha-ve taken the latter into custody for questioning.
There was anger among advocates across the state after the incident and protests were staged in most of the districts. The protesting lawyers claimed that the incident happened due to negligence on the part of the police.
Inspector general, Bareilly range, Ramit Sharma said, “We have found out that the victim and his rival had registered over two dozen cases against each other in court. We questioned Gupta and he has confessed to have committed the murder.” Three policemen have been suspended.
Police registered an FIR on a complaint by the victim’s kin against Gupta and his two sons under section 302 (murder) and 120b (criminal conspiracy). Police, however, didn’t find any evidence to link Suresh’s sons to the murder.

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