An armed man was detained on Thursday after he brandished a pistol at Jamia Millia Islamia students demonstrating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Thursday, police said.
Man identified as Rambhakt Gopal Sharma was heard shouting 'deta hu tumhe azadi' ('I will give you freedom'). He later shouted 'Jai Shri Ram' and opened fire," a protestor said.
According to an official, the bullet hit a Journalism student of Jamia, identified as Shadab, in the arm. He was taken to near-by private hospital. The identity of the accused has not been made public.
As soon as the news broke, #ArrestAnuragThakur started trending on Twitter for allegedly instigating the armed man. On Monday, minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur was seen leading the crowd in poll-bound Delhi to raise an incendiary slogan that "traitors should be shot".
At a rally, Singh, the minister of state for finance, shouted "desh ke gaddaron ko" to which the crowd responded "goli maro saalo ko" (shoot down the traitors).
CPI leader D Raja said, "Jamia firing incident is a direct result of provocative statements made by BJP leaders during campaigning in Delhi."
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Will the NIA investigate how this man was radicalized, who giving him weapons, what speeches inspired this terrorist to shoot while cops stood as mute spectators. Will Anurag Thakur and his ilk be thrown behind bars for radicalizing Hindu boys in the country.#ArrestAnuragThakur pic.twitter.com/qQ6xozhQI3— Waqar Afroz (@IamWaqarAfroz) January 30, 2020
Anurag thakur has blood on his hands#ArrestAnuragThakur— Tamanna Khan (@CheeseCake_0000) January 30, 2020
Why is there a glaring disparity in enforcement of law in case of a minister #AnuragThakur vs. that of a student #SharjeelImam.— Khyati Shree (@KhyatiShree_) January 28, 2020
Anurag Thakur should be immediately arrested for his clear support and incitement of violence #ArrestAnuragThakur
(With inputs from agencies)