A person was injured after a man opened fire in Jamia area during anti-CAA protest in Delhi. The accused has been detained, police have said.
An unidentified man allegedly shot a protesting student of the Jamia Millia Islamia at an anti-CAA protest at Jamia area in Delhi on Thursday. The accused, who has now been taken into custody, allegedly shouted ‘who wants azadi’ before opening fire.
The incident took place when protesters, including students of Jamia Millia Islamia, were marching towards Rajghat to hold a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens.
The attacker allegedly shouted ‘who wants azadi’ before opening fire at the protest rally. “Kisko chahiye azadi? Main dunga azadi [Who wants freedom? I will give freedom],” he reportedly said.
A video clip of the incident shows the man, dressed in a black jacket and brandishing a single-barrel weapon, standing meters away from dozens of policemen deployed outside the university, where protesters had gathered for a march near Holy Family hospital in Jamia.
The accused has been taken into custody. He has identified himself as Gopal. The police are yet to confirm his claim. The injured student, meanwhile, has been identified as Shadab Najar, a student of Jamia Millia’s Mass Communication and Research Centre. He has been rushed to Holy Family Hospital in Jamia area
Earlier on Tuesday, an armed man had entered the protest site at Shaheen Bagh and threatened the anti-CAA agitators. A video clip of the alleged incident showed a gun-wielding man being overpowered by the protesters.
According to police, the man was identified as Mohammad Luqmaan (50), a resident of Shaheen Bagh and was carrying a licensed pistol. He had gone to the protest site with a group of people to talk to the demonstrators regarding the reopening of the road blocked by them, they said.