A 28-year-old woman, who was in advanced stage of pregnancy, died at the District Hospital in Chickballapur on Saturday night after a nurse illegally performed abortion without informing the doctors.

The victim has been identified as Asha alias Ashwathamma (28), mother of two daughters. She was a resident of Aroor village, off Peresandra in Chickballapur taluk. It is said that Asha had paid Rs. 3,000 to the nurses to terminate the pregnancy as she was under the belief that she would again give birth to a girl child.

The Chickballapur Town police on Sunday arrested two nurses.

They are Sujatha, a senior staff nurse at the District Hospital and Shivamma, a staff nurse at the PHC in Peresandra.