The Delhi Police on Thursday claimed its personnel did not have time to stop a gunman who shot a student of Jamia Millia Islamia University on Thursday as the incident happened in seconds.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said strict action will be taken against the shooter, who went live on Facebook minutes before the incident. A post by him said “Shaheen Bagh, game over”, referring to the peaceful demonstrations against the new citizenship law that has been going on for almost a month and a half.
This attack came days after Bharatiya Janata Party leaders verbally attacked protestors at Shaheen Bagh, with Union minister Anurag Thakur appearing to encourage the shooting of protestors.
Corrections and clarifications: The blog has been edited to remove personal details related to the shooter since, according to news reports, he is a minor. Scroll.in was not able to confirm this independently.
Here are the top updates:
9.50 pm: The protest outside Jamia Millia Islamia University against the Citizenship Amendment Act and shooting ends after nearly seven hours, PTI reports.
8.25 pm: A group of students and alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia University have reached New Friends Colony police station to file a complaint against the gunman, reports ANI.
8.07 pm: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad has arrived at the AIIMS trauma centre to meet Jamia student Shadab Farooq, who was injured by a gunman in the afternoon, reports ANI. Azad is seeking permission to meet Farooq.
7.36 pm: Iltija Mufti, the daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, says the shooting incident is the country’s transition from “democracy to a mobocracy”. “As we remember Gandhiji on the sombre occasion of his death anniversary, India’s transition from democracy to a mobocracy seems complete,” she says in a tweet posted from her mother’s Twitter account.
7.30 pm: Police are still investigating whether the gunman is a juvenile or not, reports News18.
7.20 pm: Special Commissioner of Police Praveer Ranjan tells ANI that the pellet has been removed from the arm of the injured student, adding that the case has been transferred to the Delhi Police Crime Branch. “Police couldn’t react immediately as incident happened in split second but soon police overpowered him,” he adds.
7.17 pm: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad says “flashing weapon is a mark of patriotism” after an armed individual shot at students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act near Jamia. “Instead of giving employment to the youth, the Modi-government has turned them into terrorists,” Azad tweets. “People like Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma are the masterminds behind this Jamia incident. Today, reading the preamble to the Constitution is considered inflammatory while flashing a weapon is a mark of patriotism. The police have become mute spectators and forwarding the agenda of the BJP.”
7.12 pm: Few students of Jamia have been detained by the Delhi Police, reports NDTV.
7.05 pm: Heavy police presence near Jamia Millia Islamia University as protests against Citizenship Amendment Act continue, reports ANI.
6.49 pm: The Jamia student who was injured in the shooting is undergoing a minor surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, reports India Today. Shadab Farooq’s left arm was injured in the incident. Doctors say his condition is currently stable.
6.42 pm: A Facebook spokesperson tells Scroll.in that the gunman’s profile was removed as there is no place on the social media platform for those who commit such 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,” the spokesperson adds.
6.35 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asks Union Home Minister Amit Shah to take care of the law and order situation in the national Capital. “What is happening in Delhi?,” he tweets. “The law and order is deteriorating.”
6.22 pm: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi says the firing incident was possible only because BJP leaders provoked people to shoot through their speeches. “The prime minister should answer what kind of Delhi he wants to build,” she asks in a tweet. “Do they stand with violence or non-violence? Do they stand with development or with chaos?”
6.16 pm: Union minister Kiren Rijiju tells ANI that nobody is bigger than law or the country. “Anybody who breaks the law must be taken to task, it’s simple as that,” he adds. “Anyone who does this should be taken to task.”
6.01 pm: Union Home Minister Amit Shah says he has spoken to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik about the Jamia firing. Shah says strict action will be taken and the culprits will not be spared. “Central government will not tolerate any such incident, it will be taken seriously and the culprit will not be spared,” the home minister adds.
5.48 pm: Protests continue near Jamia Millia Islamia University. The policemen, who have water cannons on standby, are trying to calm down and push back the students.
5.45 pm: Communist Party of India (Marxist) says the hate speech by Bharatiya Janata Party leaders has led to the shooting incident near Jamia, reports PTI. “Hate speech, call to violence by ministers and BJP leaders, and silence of the prime minister has led to this shameful outcome,” the party adds.
5.40 pm: The Facebook profile of the attacker has been taken down. Scroll.in has sent email seeking response from Facebook.
5.33 pm: Delhi Police has not yet registered an first information report against the attacker, reports NDTV.
5.25 pm: Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi challenges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to identify the gunman by “his clothes”. “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,” he says in a tweet.
Last month, Modi had claimed that those who are protesting against the amendments to the Citizenship Act can be identified by their clothes.
5.20 pm: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has opened Jama Masjid, ITO and Delhi Gate metro stations. “Normal services have resumed in all stations,” DMRC tweets.
5.13 pm: The police have been stationed with water cannons as protestors gather in large numbers, according to NDTV.
5.11 pm: Students are trying to break the barricades put up by the Delhi Police near Jamia Millia Islamia University.
5.06 pm: Massive protests underway at Jamia Millia Islamia University against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens, reports ANI.
5.05 pm: Congress leader Manish Tewari says “India’s soul has been trampled upon” after the shooting at Jamia, reports NDTV.
4.55 pm: Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh alleges that Union Home Minister Amit Shah wants to disturb the environment in Delhi, reports ANI. “First, they made their leaders give instigating speeches,” he adds. “BJP can see defeat in Delhi elections. This conspiracy was hatched out of that fear. Home minister is conspiring to postpone polls.”
4.25 pm: Deputy Commissioner of Police Chinmoy Biswal says the student injured in the shooting has been referred to trauma centre from the hospital, ANI reports. “He has sustained injuries in his left hand,” he adds. “Doctors say he is out of danger. Apprehended person is being questioned.”
4.20 pm: Communist Party of India leader D Raja blames provocative statements of BJP leaders for the shooting at anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protestors, reports PTI. “Jamia firing incident a direct result of provocative statements made by BJP leaders during campaigning in Delhi,” he adds. “BJP leader Anurag Thakur should be arrested for his comments urging crowds to raise slogan of shoot the traitors.”
4.14 pm: The Delhi Metro has closed three stations near the Jamia Millia Islamia University. “Entry and exit gates of Jama Masjid, ITO and Delhi Gate are closed,” the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation tweets.
Scroll.in has not verified if this is connected with the shooting.
3.58 pm: Aamna Asif, a 21-year-old student at Jamia, tells Scroll.in that she was present when Shadab was shot on his left arm. “This man suddenly erupts out of the crowd with a revolver in his hand,” she says. “We do not know him and none of us recognised him.”
Asif claims that the man started shouting and protestors tried to calm him down. “He was shouting...he was ruthless and out of control,” she says. He started to move towards the police while the protestors tried to calm him down, she says. “We tried to calm him down when he raised his gun in the air,” she says.
Asif alleges that police did not help them. “We shouted at the top of our voice to the police to help us,” she says. “We don’t know why the police did not do anything.”
At that time, the man fired a shot as Shadab went forward to calm him down, she says. “Shadab was very normal...he was very calmly trying to talk to him,” Asif adds.
Asif claims that after Shadab was shot, police did not open the barricade to let him go to the hospital. “He had to climb over the barricading,” she claims. “He was hurt...he was bleeding but he had to climb over to go to the hospital.”
She says police escorted Shadab to the hospital and did not let her accompany them.
3.46 pm: The gunman posted live videos on his Facebook account before the incident. He posted messages such as “On my final journey, there should be chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’”, “I am the only Hindu here”, “I am giving freedom”, “Take care of my home”, “There is no Hindu media here”, “Shaheen Bagh, game over”.
3.44 pm: An eyewitness tells Scroll.in: “We were at the protest site. At around 1.45 pm, this person with the gun appeared in the stretch between the students and the police. He brandished his gun at the students. Three to four of the students tried to pacify the man, who was shouting slogans like ‘Jamia Murdabad’. I think they thought he would not fire. But when the Delhi Police personnel took a few steps towards the gunman, he fired in the direction of the students. The student who sustained bullet injury was one of the few who tried to pacify the gunman.”
3.33 pm: AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi blames the BJP for the incident, News18 reports. Some BJP leaders have been accused of making incendiary speeches and statements in the past week, in the run up to the Delhi Assembly elections.
3 pm: Visuals shared on social media show the injured student, who was shot in the arm and bleeding, being taken away.
2.45 pm: The demonstrators, who included students of Jamia Millia Islamia, were marching towards Rajghat to protest when the incident took place, according to India Today. Rajghat is the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, whose death anniversary is being observed on Thursday.
2.30 pm: The man has been arrested.
2.20 pm: In the video, the gunman is waving his pistol while walking backwards, with police personnel seen in the background. The police do not seem to act. He shouted at the demonstrators and fired a few shots.
He has been detained by police, reports ANI.
2.18 pm: There are videos circulating of the gunman.
2.15 pm: The student injured has been taken to Holy Family Hospital, The Times of India reports. He has been identified as Shadab. However, NDTV reports he has been taken to AIIMS.
2.05 pm: The gunman has injured a student. While brandishing the weapon, he shouted, “Yeh lo azaadi [here’s your freedom]”.
2 pm: There are reports that a man shot a gun at a protest at Jamia Millia University in Delhi.