Bharatiya Janata Party Chief JP Nadda (Photo Credit: Twitter: JP Nadda)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda on Tuesday launched a scathing attack against the Aam Aadmi Party after the Crime Branch said that the Shaheen Bagh shooter Kapil Gujjar has confessed that he and his father are the members of AAP. Nadda said that the people of the country and Delhi today saw the real face of the Aam Aadmi Party. Earlier this evening, Rajesh Deo, DCP Crime Branch said that the department has found some photos from Kapil's phone that establish that he and his father joined AAP a year ago.
"We recovered the pictures from his phone during the course of the investigation. Kapil has confessed that he & his father joined AAP somewhere between January-February 2019," Deo said.
On February 1, Kapil Gujjar fired two rounds in the air at Shaheen Bagh, the epicentre of the protest against the country's new citizenship law. Kapil chanted Jai Shree Ram and said, "hamare desh me aur kisi ki nahi chalegi, sirf Hindu ki chalegi (only Hindus shall have a say in our country, no one else)," as he was taken into custody by the Delhi Police.
"The accused fired in air near police barricades. He was overpowered by police personnel and taken into custody. Further investigation is on," Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) said.
The police said they are verifying his identity. According to eyewitnesses, the man shouted "Hindu Rashtra Zindabad" and fired two rounds.
The incident, which comes days after a local contractor armed with a gun had come to the site and asked the people to end the protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, has triggered panic in the area.
A woman protestor, who didn't wish to be named, said the incident has created panic among them as well as children.
"Many women and children were inside the tent when the incident occurred. We rushed to the spot after hearing a gunshot. Everyone is scared. But we won't leave the spot, she said. Notwithstanding the unnerving incident, many people thronged the protest site to express solidarity with the protestors. Many of them sung the national anthem while others offered namaz there. The protestors also raised slogans against the Delhi Police.
Abu Ala Suhani, a publisher and resident of Shaheen Bagh said,"the man appeared to be in his 20s and fired two rounds. While he was being taken into custody, we heard a policeman asking him his name. The man said his name was Kapil Gujjar and he belongs to Dallupura village in Uttar Pradesh."
On Thursday, the youth had fired on anti-CAA protesters at Jamia Millia Islamia injuring a student in the presence of police personnel, triggering massive protest by the Jamia students against the police inaction.
Hundreds of people, including women and children, have been protesting since December 15 at Shaheen Bagh, which has attracted attention across the country among those opposing the CAA, but at the same time the agitation has been severely criticised by others, including the BJP Union ministers and leaders.