After a man from Uttar Pradesh who was later identified as Gopal opened fired at anti-CAA demonstrators in Delhi’s Jamia area, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday associated it to provocative speeches made by some leaders during an election rally in Delhi.
Owaisi, however stated that such act of violence will not frighten the demonstrators and the movement in opposition to the amended Citizenship law will carry one.
“Thanks to Anurag Thakur and all the 9 PM nationalists who have created so much hatred in this country that a terrorist shoots a student while cops watch. Hi @PMOIndia identify him by his clothes,” the parliamentarian said. He was referring to Union Minister Anurag Thakur’s ‘shoot the traitors’ slogan during a political rally in Delhi’s Rithala earlier this week.
Earlier, a person opened fire at CAA protesters in Jamia, during the shoot-out, a mass communication student in Jamia, Shadab Farooqi suffered injuries in his left hand. “He has been referred to trauma center from hospital. Doctors say he is out of danger,” Delhi Police DCP Chinmoy Biswal said.
The AIMIM chief also launched an attach on Delhi Police for allegedly not acting in time and for being a spectator while the man brandished his pistol at the protesters who were marching from Jamia university to Raj Ghat.
“It happened today when we were remembering terrorist Godse’s murder of Gandhi. When students were going to march to mark the event. Such cowardice does not scare us. The protests will go on. This is now Godse v. Gandhi’s, Ambedkar’s & Nehru’s India. It’s easy to pick a side,” he added.
The shooter (Gopal) has been arrested and is being interrogated by Delhi Police. He is a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Jewar area.
Besides Owaisi, the Congress party also blamed the provocative speeches for the incident. In a tweet, the Congress wrote, “What kind of police force is Amit Shah running? Delhi police are standing idly by as a man shoots at peaceful protestors. Is this what BLP leaders like MoS Finance, Anurag Thakur intended? Creating an armed militia of radicalised youth.”