Exactly 73 years after a lone gunman took a shot and killed Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, another man – filled with hatred towards a particular community – brandished his gun in the national capital and shot at students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
The incident, which shook the nation’s conscience on Thursday, took place when a man – who claims to be minor – took out his gun at a student march from Jamia Milia University to Rajghat against CAA and started shouting threats. Despite a heavy police presence, the visuals from the incident showed him walking alone on an empty road barricaded by police and finally taking a shot at the protesters. After shooting, he turned around and shouting at the protesters in Hindi, “Here, take this freedom.” His bullet injured a first-year student of Jamia’s mass communication department.
While the man was overpowered by police and arrested, the injured student Shahdab Farooq, who was seen bleeding from his left hand, was taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre.
BJP leader Manoj Tiwari on Thursday argued that the shooting incident at an anti-CAA protest outside Delhi’s Jamia Milia Islamia University proves that the protesters were violent in nature.
“The shooting incident proves that the people at the heart of the protest are violent in nature. They believe in bullets and bombs,” Manoj Tiwari told news agency ANI.
Earlier in the day, a boy fired a pistol at a group of anti-CAA protesters, injuring a Jamia Millia Islamia student before walking away while waving the firearm above his head and shouting “Yeh lo aazadi” amid heavy police presence in the area.
The shooter was subsequently overpowered by the police and detained.
Commenting on the incident, BJP leader Manoj Tiwari linked it with alleged plans to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.