A passerby who shot the video of the entire drama also told News Nation that the shooter had allegedly chanted pro-Delhi Police slogans before opening fire. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@SalmanNizami_)
A man was caught on camera opening fire during an anti-CAA protests right outside Jamia University in Delhi on Thursday. The man was seen walking on the very road where the students were carrying out the protest march. “Kisko chahiye azaadi (who wants freedom),” the man was heard saying by the onlookers as saying. News Nation has learnt that the gun-wielding man has been identified as a resident of Jewar. His name is not being revealed as he may be a minor. He has been taken into the police custody.
A protester was also injured in the firing. A passerby who shot the video of the entire drama also told News Nation that shooter had allegedly chanted pro-Delhi Police slogans before opening fire.
Initial reports suggest that the anti-CAA protests have been stopped by the students. The man injured in the firing has been admitted to a local hospital. The Delhi Police personnel present at the spot are appealing from peace. The area has been barricaded. Some locals are saying that outsiders are deliberately trying to infiltrate the protests to affect the mood of the stir. It should also be noted that the protests intensified shortly after the Delhi Police sent notices to three Jamia students over December 15 incident.
Since the December 15 violence, the Delhi Police has been maintaining a strict vigil. Cops have been deployed from Holy Family and Sukhdev Vihar area. Locals say that there was no checking done by the police. So, it was rather very easy for someone to go inside the campus area. Tension prevails in the area, which has seen several such marches since December last year.
Earlier, Jamia Millia Islamia University had said that it will move court for the registration of an FIR against the Delhi Police in connection with the police action on students in December last year. The decision to move court was taken at an emergent Executive council meeting, they said. "An application will be filed very soon in the lower court under section 156(3) of the CrPC seeking direction to police to register an FIR," Ahmad Azeem, spokesperson of the university, said.
On December 15, violence erupted during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in south Delhi's New Friends' Colony near Jamia Millia Islamia. Protesters torched vehicles and clashed with police. Police resorted to baton charge and fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. They entered the university campus and cracked down on students.