The man reportedly identified himself as Kapil Gurjar. According to initial reports, no one suffered injuries in the incident. (Photo Credit: ANI/Twitter)
A man has been taken into police custody on Saturday after he allegedly opened fire near South East Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area, the epicentre of the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act. The man reportedly identified himself as Kapil Gurjar. According to initial reports, no one suffered injuries in the incident.
"The man had resorted to aerial firing. The police immediately overpowered and caught him," said Delhi DCP Chinmay Biswal.
According to eyewitnesses, the man fired two rounds in air in the Shaheen Bagh area around 4:53 pm. The man was overpowered by locals and handed over to the police.
"Hamare desh mein kisi aur ki nahin chalegi, sirf Hinduon ki chalegi," says Kapil Gurjar, the man who fired shots at Shaheen Bagh. He is a resident of Delhi's DallupuraNews Nation (@NewsNationTV) February 1, 2020
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The incident took place two days after a man fired a pistol at a group of anti-CAA protesters outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, injuring a student before walking away while waving the firearm over his head shouting "yeh lo azadi".
The entire drama, which triggered panic in the area, was captured by television cameras that showed the man in light coloured pants and a dark jacket, walking away on an empty road barricaded by police, turning around and shouting at the protesters in Hindi, "Here, take this freedom." Behind him, a group of policemen could be seen in the frame.
As night fell, massive protests broke out with agitated students and others gathering near the university, breaking barricades and clashing with police personnel. Some demonstrators, including a woman, could be seen being forcibly taken away. Many sang the national anthem.
The protests ended around 9 pm after police released four detained demonstrators, according to university and police officials.
While the man was overpowered by police and arrested, the injured student Shahdab Farooq, who was seen bleeding from his left hand, was taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre.
Farooq, a mass communications student, belongs to Kashmir.
That incident came days after a local contractor armed with a gun had come to Shaheen Bagh and asked the people to end the protest.