Anti-CAA protests: Jamia student from J&K injured as man opens fire
New Delhi, Jan 30
: A man fired a pistol at a group of
anti-CAA protesters in the city’s Jamia Millia Islamia University on Thursday,
injuring a student, before calmly walking away while waving the firearm above
his head and shouting “Yeh lo aazadi” amid heavy police presence in the area,
The man was
subsequently overpowered by police and taken into custody.
The entire drama,
which triggered panic in the area, was captured by television cameras that
showed the man in light coloured pants and a dark jacket, walking away on an
empty road barricaded by police, turning around and shouting at the protesters
in Hindi, “Take this independence.”
Some TV channels
said the gunman was identified as “Gopal” but this could not be immediately
moving towards the Holy Family Hospital where the police had raised barricades.
Suddenly, a gun-wielding man came out and opened fire. One bullet hit my
friend”s hand,” Aamna Asif, a student of economics at the university,
She said her
friend, Shadab Farooq, a mass communication student, was injured in his left
hand and taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre.
student, said the man was brandishing his pistol and shouted “Yeh lo
azaadi (Here, take your freedom)”.
There was heavy
police and media presence when the incident took place.
The students were
heading from Jamia to Mahatma Gandhi”s memorial Rajghat. The march was stopped
at the Holy Family Hospital near the university.
in the area, asking the police to go back. As they raised slogans of “Go
back, go back”, police officials asked them to maintain peace and conduct
their protest peacefully.
DCP (southeast), said the students wanted to take out a march from Jamia to
Rajghat but were denied permission.
being repeatedly told that the protest should be carried out peacefully. We had
barricaded the road just before the Holy Family hospital. Meanwhile, a person
was seen in the crowd who waved something which appeared to be a weapon.”
detained him and are interrogating him. One person has also been injured,”