The man was subsequently overpowered by police and taken into custody (Photo Credit: IANS)
A protest outside the Jamia Millia Islamia that began soon after a man opened fire at a group of anti-CAA agitators was called off after police released four detained protesters, police and university officials said Thursday. Joint Commissioner of Police DC Srivastava said all detained students have been released. Thousands of people and police personnel faced off against each other near the university after a man fired a pistol at a group of anti-CAA protesters, injuring a student.
The man, reported to have been a minor, fired at the protesters while waving the firearm above his head and shouting 'Yeh lo aazadi' amid heavy police presence in the area, witnesses said. The man was subsequently overpowered by police and taken into custody. The entire drama, which triggered panic in the area, was captured by television cameras that showed the man walking away on an empty road barricaded by police, turning around and shouting at the protesters in Hindi, 'Here, take your freedom'.
Shadab Farooq, a mass communication student, was injured in his left hand and taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre.
The students had planned to march towards Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his death anniversary, but they were stopped near Holy Family hospital and police did not allow them move ahead. Students squatted in the area, asking the police to go back. As they raised slogans of "Go back, go back", police officials asked them to maintain peace and conduct their protest peacefully.
Chinmay Biswal, DCP (southeast), said the students wanted to take out a march from Jamia to Rajghat but were denied permission.
"They were being repeatedly told that the protest should be carried out peacefully. We had barricaded the road just before the Holy Family hospital. Meanwhile, a person was seen in the crowd who waved something which appeared to be a weapon."
"We have detained him and are interrogating him. One person has also been injured," Biswal said.
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Jamia Millia Islamia to pay for treatment of injured student and reschedule exams for him: VC Najma Akhtar
"It is really unfortunate that during this entire time a contingent of police stood there & just watched everything happen. I am proud that my students handled the situation very calmly," says Najma Akhtar, Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.
Najma Akhtar, Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia on firing in Jamia area: It is really unfortunate that during this entire time a contingent of police stood there & just watched everything happen. I am proud that my students handled the situation very calmly. pic.twitter.com/VVtZ3kUbCf
— ANI (@ANI) January 30, 2020
Protest over firing incident outside Jamia Millia Islamia ends after nearly 7 hours: University officials
FIR has been registered against person who opened fire under 307 IPC and Arms Act and further investigation is on, says Devesh Shrivastava, Joint Commissioner of Police
Students and alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia University have reached New Friends Colony police station to lodge a complaint against the person who brandished a gun and opened fire in Jamia area today: ANI
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad reacheed AIIMS trauma centre to meet Shadab Farooq - the Jamia Millia Islamia student who was injured after a man opened fire in Jamia area during protests there earlier today.
Delhi: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad reaches AIIMS trauma centre where Shadab Farooq,a Jamia Millia Islamia student,is admitted. Azad is seeking permission to go inside the centre. Farooq was injured after a man opened fire in Jamia area during protests there, earlier today pic.twitter.com/TqGku9r6rN
— ANI (@ANI) January 30, 2020
Meanwhile, protests are still going on near Jamia Millia Islamia. Students have accused the Delhi Police of inaction while the shooter was threatening the protesters. Protesters attempted to breach a portion of the police's barricades. Delhi Police have detain 4-5 protesters and urged the agitators to maintain peace.
The Facebook profile of the shooter who fired on Jamia Millia Islamia students has been deleted. The shooter's Facebook profile carried his name as along with the videos and posts posted before he brandished the gun and fired the shot which injured one student. In one of the posts, he made references to the anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh and the university and said, "game over".
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday criticised the BJP after a shooter fired at students of the Jamia Millia Islamia university during a protest against the CAA and NRC, which resulted in one student getting injured.
Demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "answer about what kind of Delhi he wants to build", Vadra said that such incidents were "possible when the ministers and leaders of the BJP government will incite people to shoot by giving provocative speeches."
Praveer Ranjan, the Special Commissioner of Police met Shadab Farooq, the Jamia Millia Islamia student injured in the incident at AIIMS Trauma Centre.
"We have checked the injured and pellet has been removed from his arm. As per doctors he's stable. Police couldn't react immediately as incident happened in split second but soon police overpowered him. Case transferred to Crime Branch," Rajan said.
The firing at Jamia Nagar on a group of anti-CAA protesters is a fallout of "hate" speeches and inflammatory comments made by Union ministers and BJP leaders during campaigning for the February 8 Delhi assembly polls, Left parties alleged on Thursday.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti's Twitter handle said that the shooting incident seems to have completed India's transition from democracy to mobocracy.
Earlier, the Aam Aadmi Party had slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the incident of shooting at students of Delhi’s Jamia Milia Islamia University by a minor and accused him of disturbing the environment of the national capital ahead of February 8 Assembly elections.
AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said that the BJP made their leaders give hate speeches as they can see defeat in the upcoming Delhi Assembly Elections. He also alleged that the home minister of the country wanted to postpone the elections in Delhi.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urges Union Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure law and order in the national capital. "What is happening in Delhi? The law system of Delhi is deteriorating. Please take care of Delhi’s law and order," he tweeted.
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According to news agency ANI, the CBSE marksheet shows the shooter is a minor. One student was injured in the incident.
Delhi: CBSE marksheet of the allegedly minor gunman who brandished a gun and opened fire in Jamia area, earlier today. One student was injured in the incident. pic.twitter.com/3p6Pgbsl7P
— ANI (@ANI) January 30, 2020
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has tweeted on the Jamia Millia Islamia incident. He said government will not tolerate such incidents and the guilty will not be spared.
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The man's previous posts seemed to indicate that he had come prepared for the consequences of his action. "On my last journey, take me draped in saffron and shout slogans of Jai Shri Ram," one of them in Hindi read.
Another more threatening post read, "Shaheen Bagh, Game Over", referring to a massive protest against the citizenship law taken up by women and children.
The injured student has been identified as Shadab who hails from Jammu and Kashmir and is studying mass communication.
The man had gone live on Facebook minutes before he drew out his gun. Videos on his Facebook timeline showed him walking around in the crowded road - the venue of the protest - with a red backpack on.
In a video, The young man wearing a black jacket and a pair of white trousers, can be seen walking on a heavily-guarded road, waving a gun as he shouts "Yeh lo azaadi (here's your freedom)" at the protesters. He stood meters away from dozens of policemen deployed outside the university, where protesters had gathered for a march. He also shouted "Delhi Police zindabad (Long live Delhi Police)".
The locality has been heavily barricaded after the firing and traffic has been diverted from all the roads near the area.
A man opened fire at people protesting against the citizenship law near the Jamia Millia Islamia university on Thursday afternoon. A student of the university has been injured.