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Shaheen Bagh shooter is AAP member, says Delhi Police; Nadda claims party’s ‘dirty face’ exposed

AAP MP Sanjay Singh, however, accused the BJP of “dirty politics” with the Delhi elections just days away.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 4, 2020 10:13:12 pm
AAP MP Sanjay Singh with Kapil Gujjar at party event. (Source: ANI)

The man who was arrested for firing shots near the Shaheen Bagh protest area last week is a member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Delhi Police Crime Branch said on Tuesday.

DCP Crime Branch Rajesh Deo said Kapil Gujjar confessed he joined AAP last year and photos found on his seized mobile phone established his links with the party. “Kapil has confessed that he and his father joined AAP somewhere between January-February 2019,” Deo told news agency ANI.

In one of the photos released by the police, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and party leader Atishi were seen welcoming Kapil at a party event.

BJP president JP Nadda said the people of Delhi and the country today “saw the dirty face of AAP”.

“For political longing, Kejriwal and his people even sold the security of the country. Earlier, Kejriwal used to insult the Army and advocate terrorists, but today, relations with those who carry out their terrorist activities came to light,” Nadda said in a series of tweets.

Nadda said he wanted to make it clear to Kejriwal that this country is bigger than any election, any government, and “this nation will not forgive those who play with its security. Kejriwal and his entire team have been exposed. The people of Delhi will give a befitting reply”.

Singh, however, accused the BJP of “dirty politics” with the Delhi elections just days away.

“Amit Shah is the Home Minister of the country at this time, now just before elections, photos and conspiracies will be found. 3-4 days are left for the elections, BJP will do as much dirty politics as they can. What does having a picture with someone means?” he told ANI.

Meanwhile, Kapil’s family rubbished the police’s claim. Kapil’s uncle Fatesh Singh told PTI, “I have no idea where these photographs are circulating from. My nephew Kapil had no association with any political party nor does any other member from the family is. My brother Gaje Singh, (Kapil’s father) fought assembly elections in 2008 for Bahujan Samaj Party and lost. After that no one from our family had any links with any political party”.

Singh added that Kapil also doesn’t have any friends associated with the AAP or any other political party.

On Saturday, Kapil was arrested for firing at least two shots about 50 metres from the stage at the Shaheen Bagh protest. No one was injured in the firing.

A country-made pistol was recovered from his possession and two empty catridges were found at the spot.

In videos shot by eyewitnesses, Kapil can be heard saying “Jai Shri Ram” and “hamaare desh mein kisi ki nahi chalegi, sirf Hinduon ki chalegi (No one except Hindus will have their way in our country)”. He also said “ours is a Hindu rashtravaadi desh”, even as people in the area called him an “aatankwadi (terrorist)”.

An FIR under the Arms Act and IPC Sections 336 (act endangering life) and 506 (criminal intimidation) has been registered against Kapil at the Shaheen Bagh police station.

Last month, a 17-year-old shot a student of Jamia Millia Islamia university during a protest against the news citizenship law.

The teenager, who identified himself as “Rambhakt”, brandished a gun at the protest site and shouted slogans of “Yeh lo azadi (Here, take azadi)”, “Desh mein jo rehna hoga, Vande Mataram kehna hoga (If you want to stay in the country, you have to say Vande Mataram)” and “Dilli Police zindabad”, before he fired.

The incident happened just two days after Union Minister Anurag Thakur, addressing a rally for the February 8 Delhi Assembly elections, had repeatedly raised the slogan of “Desh ke gaddaron ko” as the crowd responded with “goli maaro saalon ko”.

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