Isha Alya, an actor from Jharkhand, was allegedly shot dead by snatchers early on Wednesday morning on National Highway 16 in Howrah, West Bengal, according to police.
The event happened as the actress, her husband Prakash Kumar, and their 3-year-old daughter were travelling from Ranchi to Kolkata.
A police investigation has been opened as a result of Kumar’s complaint. In order to reenact the incident, the detectives also interrogated Kumar and took him to the crime scene. Police are also getting video from a CCTv set up in a nearby factory that is near the crime scene.
“According to the complaint, the family was heading towards Kolkata in their car. They stopped at a desolate place around 6am where Kumar wanted to answer the nature’s call. Three snatchers attacked them. When Alya tried to resist, she was shot from a point blank range,” said a police officer.
“She was a popular actor in Jharkhand. Even though her actual name is Riya Kumari her screen name is Isha Alya,” Kumar, who described himself as a film director, told media persons.
According to the complainant, there were three miscreants. They attacked Kumar when he got down to answer the nature’s call.
“My wife was sitting in the car with our daughter. When the miscreants tried to snatch my wallet, my wife got down and tried to resist. They shot her,” Kumar told reporters.
Locals claim that Kumar drove down around two kilometres to seek assistance because the location was so deserted. Alya was pronounced dead after the victim was taken urgently to the Uluberia hospital.