The singer, who specialised in Haryana folk songs, was returning to Delhi after a show at a village in Panipat. Around 4 pm, two men in a black car allegedly overtook her car and blocked it.
“A car overtook her vehicle near Chamrara village and forced it to stop,” senior police officer Desh Raj told news agency Press Trust of India.
The men demanded that the driver and Harshita Dahiya’s two companions, including another singer, step out of the car. They then fired seven times at her and escaped.
Harshita Dahiya had recently posted a mobile video on social media alleging death threats and had declared that she was not afraid. It is not known if she had alerted the police.
Reports suggest that the police suspect a gangster related to the singer, who is currently in the Tihar Jail in Delhi.
A murder case has been registered.
Harshita was known for her Haryanvi ‘Ragini’ songs and was also a dancer.