A man identified as Rambhakt Gopal Sharma was detained on Thursday after he opened fire at the Jamia Millia Islamia students demonstrating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the national capital.
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.
Rambhakt Gopal had written several posts on Facebook that he would "end the protest" at Shaheen Bagh.
As the students were set to start their march from Jamia Millia Islamia to Rajghat, he took out a country-made .315 bore pistol and opened fire.
Before opening fire, he shouted, "If you people have to stay in India then you will have to say Vande Mataram, and now I am going to give you your freedom." He later shouted 'Jai Shri Ram' and opened fire," a protestor said.
Ironically, the man shot at the protesters on the same day when Nathuram Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.
Twitter users have called Rambhakt Gopal as Godse 2.0. Here is how Twitterati reacted:
A quick scroll through Rambhakt Gopal’s timeline on FB and you know who, and what kind of politics, is responsible for his violence. The politicians he idolises, the films he watches, the people he hates - no surpises.— Ramanathan S (@madarassi) January 30, 2020
Godse 2.0— Tabish Talha Khan (@TabishTalhaKha1) January 30, 2020
Gandhi hum sharminda h
Tere katil zinda h pic.twitter.com/6Fa4Z6Xe7P
क्रोनोलॉजी को समझिये,— atif gani (@atifaman11) January 30, 2020
पहले गृह मंत्री शाहीन बाग़ को बदनाम करेंगे, फिर उनके मंत्री 'गोली मारो__' के नारे लगवाएंगे फिर प्रदर्शनकारियों को गोली मारेंगे।
और मोदी जी मन की बात में आकर कहेंगे छात्र हिंसा का रास्ता न चुनें।
वाह मोदी जी वाह.#Godse 2.0 pic.twitter.com/HZZfVa4pPd