A student of Jamia Millia Islamia was injured after an armed man opened fire while shouting “yeh lo azadi (take your freedom)” at the protesters demonstrating against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act near Jamia Millia Islamia University in the national capital on Thursday (January 30).
The man, who is yet to be identified, was detained after he fired at students demonstrating against the CAA, police said. The man was overpowered by protesters.
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“We were moving towards the Holy Family Hospital where the police had raised barricades. Suddenly, a gun-wielding man came out and opened fire. One bullet hit my friend’s hand,” Aamna Asif, a student of economics at the university, told news agency PTI.
She said her friend, Shadab Farooq, a mass communication student, was injured in his left hand and taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. Al-Ameen, another student, said the man was brandishing his pistol and shouted “Yeh lo azaadi (Here, take your freedom)”.
There was heavy police and media presence when the incident took place. The students were heading from Jamia to Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat. The march was stopped at the Holy Family Hospital near the university.
Students squatted in the area, asking the police to go back. As they raised slogans of “Go back, go back”, police officials asked them to maintain peace and conduct their protest peacefully.
(With inputs from agencies)