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UP: Muslim woman ‘accidentally’ shot in head during passport inquiry dies; accused cop still at large

Ishrat Jahan, a Muslim woman ‘accidentally’ shot in the head by the Aligarh Police, breathed her last while fighting for her life at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, late on December 13th, Wednesday.

The family told Maktoob that she was on life support before her passing, and her health remained critical since the incident with no improvement.

On December 8, Jahan was shot by Inspector Manoj Sharma during a passport verification inquiry, as seen in CCTV footage from the Kotwali Police station.

“Manoj Sharma, the accused police officer is still absconding and the investigation is underway”, an official at Kotwali police station told Maktoob.

After the incident, she was taken to the JNMC immediately where she was admitted for the treatment.

In the CCTV visuals of the station, the woman could be seen standing near the desk of the accused police inspector, Sharma.

After a few seconds, one of the colleagues of the inspector handed him a pistol. From what could be seen from the video, the cop misfired as he was cocking the gun.

Ishrat, a resident of the city, came to the station around 2:50 PM on that day as she was called for passport verification related enquiry.

The bullet hit her head straight and she fell crashing on the ground. The video of the same surfaced on the internet and garnered the attention of netizens.

The woman’s family alleged that the official handling her passport verification was pressuring her for money.

“She had visited the police station for passport inquiry. She was getting calls for money. Don’t know who shot her. Don’t know about the money demanded. There was an argument between them,” said Jeeshan, a relative of the 55-year-old injured woman told Dainik Jagaran.

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