Ajit (left) allegedly sold a country-made pistol for Rs 10,000 to the Jamia shooter (Photo Credit: ANI/IANS)
The Delhi Police's Crime Branch arrested a man who supplied weapon to the gunman who brandished gun and opened fire on an anti-CAA march outside Jamia Millia Islamia area on January 30. The supplier has been identified as Ajit- who hails from Sahajpura village in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh district and is a wrestler by profession. Ajit allegedly sold the Jamia shooter a country-made pistol for Rs 10,000.
"We have arrested the accused from whom the juvenile had procured the weapon. He is a wrestler," Rajesh Deo, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) told PTI. The accused will be produced in court on Tuesday, the officer said, adding further investigation is underway. A case of attempt to murder under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code and Arms act was registered at the New Friends Colony Police Station and the probe was transferred to the Crime Branch.
The shooter, who has claimed to be a minor, had opened fire at the protesters marching from Jamia Millia Islamia to Raj Ghat on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary injuring one student. Shadab, a first-year student of the University, was injured before the cops overpowered the shooter and detained him. He has been sent to a juvenile correction centre for 14 days. Delhi police has sought permission to carry out a test to verify his age.
As per the shooter's online profile, he was a self-proclaimed member of Bajrang Dal and was prone to share Hindutva related posts online. Identifying himself as "Rambhakt", the shooter waved the gun above his head and shouted "yeh lo aazadi" as he fired at students. The attacker, in a since deleted Facebook profile, shared multiple posts berating the anti-CAA agitators and their aazadi slogans and hinted that he was prepared for any eventuality.
Anti-CAA protesters at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, Zakir Nagar, Jamia Nagar, Khureji Khas and other places often raise slogans like "CAA se aazadi, NRC se aazadi" (freedom from CAA and NRC).
In one of the messages, the shooter said, "Shaheen Bagh Khel Khatam" (Shaheen Bagh, the game is over) while in another he stated, "Please wrap me in saffron in my last journey with slogans of Jai Shri Ram". Screenshots of his posts were circulated widely on social media platforms.