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Haryanvi singer Harshita Dahiya was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Chamrara village in Haryana's Panipat district on 17 October, police said. The Panipat police has launched a formal investigation into the matter.

On 18 October, Lata Dahiya, the sister of the deceased, alleged that her husband Dinesh had killed Harshita. 

The 22-year-old singer was shot when she was on her way back home in a car at around 4 pm after a performance at a function in the village, police said. "When she was returning, a black car overtook her vehicle near Chamrara and forced it to stop," Desh Raj, Panipat DSP told reporters.

He said two unidentified men asked the singer's assistants and driver to step out of the vehicle. The assailants then fired seven bullets, six of which hit Harshita on the forehead and neck, killing her on the spot, police said, adding that the accused fled the scene after the murder.
"They did not target anybody except Harshita. As of now, there is no clarity on the exact number of the assailants. We have got some clues



and we are working on them," the SP was quoted as saying.

Dahiya's body has been sent to Panipat for post-mortem. "A team has been formed and the investigation is underway. The postmortem is going on. We will slowly get to the bottom of it," the DSP said.

When news of the murder came to light, Indian Express quoted Panipat SP Rahul Sharma as saying that the police suspect Harshita's brother-in-law, Dinesh, of having played a role in the murder.

Dinesh is currently lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail. "Earlier, she had accused him of raping her. Dinesh is also accused in the murder of her mother. Harshita was a witness in that case. But we are not ruling out other theories," Sharma told the daily.

The singer, from Sonipat's Muhammadpur village, was living with her aunt in Delhi's Narela. In a recent video on her social media profile, Harshita alleged that her life was in danger.

The 22-year-old's Facebook timeline is replete with videos of her talking to her audience, many of them upward of 30 minutes.

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