Agra: A day after the brutal murder of a woman dentist, Agra police on Saturday arrested a 26-year-old man, who had allegedly killed Dr Nisha Singhal by slashing her throat and injuring her children, at their house in Kamlanagar area. The suspect, Shubham Pathak, was nabbed after a brief encounter that left him injured.
Inspector general of Agra range A Satish Ganesh said that Pathak, who has a small TV, mobile recharge shop was arrested within 12 hours of the crime. The police team got a tip off of his movement and nabbed him. He opened fire at the cops in a bid to escape, but got injured in retaliatory fire.
SP (city) Botre Rohan Pramod told TOI that during interrogation, Pathak told police that he had a loan of Rs 1.25 lakh and needed money to pay it back. He had planned to loot the dentist to pay off his debt, but since the doctor put up a strong resistance, he slit her throat with a knife. He also attacked the doctor’s children as they were eyewitnesses.
The traumatised children pretended to be dead to escape the assailant, police said.
The SP said that jewellery and Rs 24,000 cash looted by the suspect has been recovered. The accused has been sent to a hospital for treatment.