Police detain an unidentified person (face blurred as his being an adult could not be ascertained), after he allegedly brandished a gun and opened fire towards students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, near Jamia Millia Islamia University, in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)
Police detain an unidentified person (face blurred as his being an adult could not be ascertained), after he allegedly brandished a gun and opened fire towards students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, near Jamia Millia Islamia University, in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

Gunman opens fire in Jamia, injures one protestor

The gunman who identified himself as Ram Bhakt Gopal, opened fire at the group of anti-CAA protestors that was marching towards Rajghat

In the wake of ongoing protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in New Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia, a lone gunman opened fire at the group of protestors, injuring one protestor.

The episode comes just days after another man with a gun was detained by the Delhi police at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh. Soon after Thursday’s firing, a heavy security blanket was imposed in the Capital, with Delhi police setting up pickets across the city. Certain arterial metro stations in the National Capital were also closed.

The gunman who identified himself as Ram Bhakt Gopal, 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.

Persons familiar with the development stated that Gopal had been detained by the Delhi police, while the injured protestor was rushed to a hospital. Traffic had also been diverted in the area.

The episode also comes close on the heels of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister Anurag Thakur’s incendiary statements at an election rally in Delhi. Thakur was banned by the Election Commission, on Thursday, for his comments for a period of 48 hours beginning 5pm on Thursday.

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