Facebook says it is also removing any content that praises, supports or represents the gunman or the shooting
The gunman was live streaming the shooting incident on his Facebook account
NEW DELHI :
Facebook India on Thursday said that it has taken down the account of the lone gunman who opened fired at a student march against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), injuring one protester outside Delhi’s Jamia Milia Islamia. The shooter opened fire at the group of anti-CAA protestors that was marching towards Rajghat, shouting “yeh lo azaadi" at the group protesting against the newly amended citizenship law.
“There is no place on Facebook for those who commit this kind of violence. We have removed the gunman’s Facebook account and are removing any content that praises supports or represents the gunman or the shooting as soon as we identify it," said a Facebook company spokesperson.
The gunman, who identified himself as Rambhakt Gopal to journalists just before he was arrested by the police, was live streaming the shooting incident on his Facebook account. Hours before the incident, his Facebook page featured a series of videos, posted live along with posts by Gopal, about the ongoing protests. The livestream videos showed him walking around the neighbourhood near Jamia, where students have been protesting for nearly two months.
Some of the messages on his posts included ‘Shaheen Bagh, the game is over’, ‘I’m the only Hindu here’ and ‘There is no Hindu media here’.
Delhi Police identified the shooter as Ram Bhagat Gopal Sharma after detaining him while the injured protestor was rushed to a hospital.
The shooting incident happened days after another man with a gun was detained by the Delhi Police at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh. The incident also comes after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister Anurag Thakur’s incendiary statements at an election rally in Delhi. He was subsequently banned by the Election Commission, on Thursday, for his comments for a period of 48 hours beginning 5pm on Thursday.