A armed man opened fire on protesters demonstrating against the Citizenship Amendment Act ( CAA )and near the Jamia Millia Islamia in south Delhi on Thursday, injuring a student. The man has been taken into custody and is being questioned, police said.
“Brandishing the gun, he shouted ‘who wants azadi, come I’ll shoot you’ and then fired on the protesters,” a student who witnessed the shocking incident told reporters.
A video of the attack that is being shared widely on social media also showed the assailant shouting slogan and warning protesters to chant ‘Vande Mataram’ if they want to stay in India.
The incident took place when a protest march was being taken out from the university campus to Jantar Mantar in central Delhi.
Meawhile sfter the shooting, the entry and exit gates of three Metro stations – Jama Masjid, ITO and Delhi Gate – have been closed by authorities fearing more protests.
The shooting comes in the aftermath of communally charged and violence provoking rhetoric by several BJP leaders in the run-up to the assembly elections in Delhi.
Junior finance minister Anurag Thakur had on Monday led chants of ‘shoot the traitors’ at a poll rally in north Delhi’s Rithala. The minister prompted “desh ke gaddaron ko…” to which the crowd responded “…goli maaro sa***n ko”. The chant translates to “shoot down the traitors who betray the country”.