Jamia shooter had put out several posts on Facebook before opening fire at students. (Photo Credit: Screengrab/Facebook)
Facebook on Thursday removed the profile of Jamia Milia Islamia University shooter, who had put out several posts about his intention hours before the attack. The shooter also went live just before carrying out the attack on students carrying out protest march against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. Despite heavy police presence, the shooter managed to reach the site brandishing a gun. The assailant chanted "Yeh lo Azaadi" as he opened fire at the protesting students.
The Facebook profile of the shooter, who is said to be a minor, carried his name and several inflammatory posts. In one of his posts, he boasted about being the "only true Hindu" at the site. Some of his posts suggest he was aware of his possible fate and asked his followers to drape him in a "saffron cloth" and chant "Jai Shree Ram" during his funeral.
He also revealed that his motive behind the attack was taking revenge for the death of on Chandan Gupta, who was killed during communal violence in Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj last year. In one of his posts, he had also threatened to "finish off" Shaheen Bagh, the site of protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA.
The Opposition is saying that the shooting on Jamia students was a direct result of the hate speech given by the BJP leaders. "The hate-speech and call to violence by Union ministers and BJP leaders - along with the silence of the PM - has led to this shameful outcome. This is the kind of India this govt wants to create," CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted.
The attack on students protesting Narendra Modi government's CAA came days after Union Minister Anurag Thakur incited people to chant "Goli Maro Saalon Ko". At an election rally in poll bound Delhi, Thakur had himself chanted "Desh Ke Gaddaron Ko" and the crowd present their responded with "Goli Maro Saalon Ko".
The Election Commission took note of Thakur's violent speech and banned him from campaigning for three days. Another BJP leader Parvesh Verma, who had said that those sitting at Shaheen Bagh to protest against CAA will enter the houses of people of Delhi and rape and kill them. Verma was also banned from campaigning for 96 hours.