A student of India’s Jamia Millia Islamia University has been wounded in a shooting while protesting against a controversial citizenship law in the capital Delhi on Thursday, January 30.
The police later arrested the gunman outside the city’s prestigious university.
Jamia Millia Islamia University students have been at the forefront of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019 (CAA), which critics say discriminates against Muslims.
A video of the incident showed the man brandishing a gun and asking the protesting students if they really wanted “azadi” or “freedom”.
“Azadi” has become a controversial word as it is often invoked by Kashmiris opposed to Indian rule. However, protesters outside Kashmir who use the term say it can also mean freedom from issues such as hunger and poverty.
The student was then shot in the hand by the gunmen who fled the scene while the injured student was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Thursday’s incident comes days after a MP from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was censured for inciting a crowd in Delhi to shout “shoot the traitors” while railing against a peaceful anti-CAA protest.
An anti-CAA protest march by its students in December ended in violence and clashes with the police. Subsequent footage of police forcibly entering the campus premises, damaging property and beating students led to a wave of fresh protests against the law across the country, many of them in solidarity with Jamia.
In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where 30 people were killed, police have been accused of brutality. A judge in the state’s Bijnor district has since strongly censured police for their actions, as he granted bail to 48 mostly Muslim protesters. (Source: BBC)