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Jamia HIGHLIGHTS: Firing incident has shook our faith in police, says V-C Najma Akhtar

Jamia Firing, CAA Protest Today: In the video, the man with the gun can be heard saying, "Yeh lo azaadi...Hindustan zindabad...Delhi Police zindabad."

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: February 5, 2020 10:07:44 am
The assailant’s face has been blurred as he is a juvenile. (Reuters)

Protest over the firing incident outside Jamia Millia Islamia has ended after nearly seven hours, varsity officials said. A student from Jamia Millia Islamia was injured after a gun-wielding man opened fire during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in the city’s Jamia area on Thursday. The 25-year-old, who was shot in the hand, has been taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. Protests intensified in the area following the attack with hundreds of agitated people gathering near the university, breaking barricades and clashing with police personnel

In a video, the man brandishing the gun can be heard saying, “Yeh lo azaadi…Hindustan zindabad…Delhi Police zindabad.” Delhi Police personnel were present at the spot when the shooting took place. The man has been detained. Read in Malayalam, Tamil, and Bangla 

The injured student has been identified as Shadab Farooq. Hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, the 25-year-old is studying mass communication from the varsity. The students of Jamia were to hold a march to Rajghat on the 72nd death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said the government will not tolerate such incidents and assured that the culprit will not be spared. After Shah’s tweet, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the home minister to ensure law and order in the national capital.

The assailant’s name has been removed and his picture blurred as he is a juvenile 

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00:07 (IST)31 Jan 2020
Jamia V-C visits AIMS to check on student injured in firing

Delhi: Najma Akhtar, Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia visited All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) trauma centre to enquire about the health of Shadab Farooq. Farooq is a student of Jamia Millia Islamia and was injured in firing in Jamia area, earlier today.

22:57 (IST)30 Jan 2020
Incident has shook our faith in police: Jamia VC

Jamia V-C Najma Akhtar in a statement said that police just watched as the man brandished a pistol and shot Jamia student. She also said that the incident has "shook our faith in police".

"I, along with Jamia fraternity, condemn this murderous and brutal act. I also condemn the silence of the police who stood just at a stone’s throw from the miscreant. It speaks volumes about them. We, Jamia fraternity, stand with Shadab Farooq and his family. If the miscreant had been nabbed by the police on time, this deplorable incident could have been averted," she said.

22:52 (IST)30 Jan 2020
"Deeply aggrieved by today's incident": Jamia V-C

"I am deeply aggrieved by today’s heartless incident in which one of our students, Shadab Farooq (M.A. Mass Communication) was shot by a miscreant. I am proud to say that you are committed to the ideals of the Indian Constitution and Gandhian principles of non-violence," Jamia Millia Islamia V-C Najma Akhtar said in a statement.

"Your wise avoidance of retaliation, as always, bears testimony to this fact. I have been reported that you were peacefully asserting your rights to protest on the road near Jamia boundary, while a huge police force was deployed near holy family hospital," she added.

21:44 (IST)30 Jan 2020
Jamia: Protests against firing ends

Protest over firing incident outside Jamia Millia Islamia ends after nearly 7 hours

20:39 (IST)30 Jan 2020
Jamia firing accused charged under IPC 307

"They wanted permission to protest at Raj Ghat. We have stopped them here as they do not have any such permission. FIR has been registered against person who opened fire under 307 IPC and Arms Act and further investigation is on," Devesh Shrivastava, Joint Commissioner of Police said.

20:34 (IST)30 Jan 2020
Violence as protests intensify in Jamia
20:18 (IST)30 Jan 2020
Tense standoff in Jamia after young man fires gun at anti-CAA protesters, student injured

Thousands of people and police personnel faced off against each other near the Jamia Millia Islamia University on Thursday after a man fired a pistol at a group of anti-CAA protesters, injuring a student before walking away while waving the firearm over his head shouting "Yeh lo aazadi". As night fell, massive protests broke out with agitated students and others gathering near the university, breaking barricades and clashing with police personnel. Some demonstrators, including a woman, could be seen being forcibly taken away. Many sang the national anthem.

20:15 (IST)30 Jan 2020
Jamia incident result of BJP ministers, leaders provoking people with incendiary slogans: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said the Jamia firing incident is the result of BJP ministers and leaders inciting crowds with incendiary slogans and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to answer whether he stands with violence or with non-violence.When provocative speeches are given by BJP leaders, such incidents are possible, she added.

Gandhi also asked the prime minister what kind of Delhi he wanted and whether he stood by anarchy or development."When ministers in the BJP government and leaders provoke people to shoot and give provocative speeches, then such incidents are possible. The prime minister should answer what kind of Delhi he wants to build. Is he standing with violence or non-violence. Is he standing with development or anarchy," she asked in a tweet in Hindi.

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20:14 (IST)30 Jan 2020
Probe transferred to special CP: Amit Shah

Probe into Jamia firing incident entrusted to Special CP, Delhi Police, says Home Minister Amit Shah.

19:59 (IST)30 Jan 2020
Leaders condemn Jamia firing

Political leaders have condemned the shooting at Jamia campus by a gun-wielding man. Reacting to the Jamia firing incident, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday asked Home Minister Amit Shah to take care of the "deteriorating" law and order situation in Delhi.

Left parties have alleged the firing at Jamia Nagar on a group of anti-CAA protesters is a fallout of "hate" speeches and inflammatory comments made by Union ministers and BJP leaders during campaigning for the February 8 Delhi assembly polls. 

AAP MP Sanjay Singh called it a "conspiracy" by Home Minister Amit Shah to postpone the Delhi Assembly elections scheduled for February 8.

"Home Minister Amit Shah wants to disturb the environment of Delhi. First, they made their leaders give instigating speeches. BJP can see defeat in Delhi Elections, this conspiracy was hatched out of that fear. Home Minister is conspiring to postpone polls," he said.

"It was primarily a women's led protest against CAA/NRC. Men were there to protect the women. Suddenly, we heard a man shouting ahead of us. He was saying 'you want azadi, here take azadi' and then opened fire. The police was mute witness to this," says an eyewitness.

The shooting comes days after Union Minister Anurag Thakur at a BJP rally encouraged those present in the crowd to chant 'Goli maro saalon ko.' Thakur, addressing an election rally Monday, repeatedly chanted “Desh ke gaddaron ko” and had people responding with “goli maaro saalon ko”. It roughly translates to “What should be done with traitors of the country? Shoot them”. The Election Commission has imposed a further 72-hour ban on Thakur

Reacting on the incident, CPI general secretary D Raja it was a "direct result" of incretionary comments made by BJP leaders while campaigning for the Delhi Assembly polls. Raja told PTI that it was unfortunate that such an incident had happened on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. "Jamia firing incident a direct result of provocative statements made by BJP leaders during campaigning in Delhi. BJP leader Anurag Thakur should be arrested for his comments urging crowds to raise slogan of shoot the traitors," Raja said.

AAP MLA and Okhla candidate Amanatullah Khan said, "On this day, Gandhi was shot by Godse in 1948, today Gandhiwadis are being shot. Anurag Thakur had said 'goli maaro saalo ko', his followers are doing so."

On December 15, Delhi Police had stormed the Jamia campus injuring hundreds of students. Four DTC buses, 100 private vehicles, and 10 police bikes were damaged after the protest against the citizenship law turned violent.

Earlier this week, a 50-year-old man had allegedly threatened protesters at Shaheen Bagh with a pistol. The video shows the man getting on stage with his pistol, but is overpowered by other men at the site.

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First published on: 30-01-2020 at 02:02:10 pm