Two days after a teenager shot a protester in the Indian capital, another firing has been reported at an all-women sit-in site in the city against a controversial new citizenship law.
Police said no protester was wounded after a man fired a gun at New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, the epicentre of nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which critics say violates India’s secular constitution and is anti-Muslim.
Videos showed the suspect shouting “Jai Shri Ram” (Hail Lord Ram, a Hindu deity) as he fired “two to three shots” in the Muslim-dominated area where hundreds of women have been protesting since mid-December.
"Hamare desh mein sirf Hindus ki Chalegi, aur Kissi Ke Nahin Chalegi" : meet today's shooter gunman at #ShaheenBagh. How much the women there must scare some men. Lumpenization of our public conversation is now official and complete pic.twitter.com/dkPvK02OW5
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) February 1, 2020
The suspect identified by the police as Kapil Gujjar, showed him also shouting: “Only Hindus will prevail in this country. This country is ours.”
Police said Gujjar is a resident of Dallupura village on the outskirts of the Indian capital, and has been taken into custody.
“The man had resorted to aerial firing. Police immediately overpowered and caught him,” police officer Chinmay Biswal told the ANI news agency.
A similar incident happened on Thursday when a 17-year-old attacker fired at a protest rally outside New Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) university as police officers stood behind him.
Thursday’s shooting, which took place barely two kilometres (1.24 miles) from Shaheen Bagh, wounded a JMI student from Indian-administered Kashmir.
Dramatic photos and videos of the man brandishing a single-barrel gun and shouting slogans at the protesters went viral on Indian social media.
The teenage suspect was arrested and is being interrogated by New Delhi’s police.
The two shootings came just days after India’s minister of state for finance, Anurag Thakur, encouraged supporters at a state election rally in New Delhi to chant slogans, calling for “traitors to be shot”. Thakur’s statement drew a reprimand from India’s election commission ahead of state assembly elections in the capital.