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Jamia attacker's Facebook post says he wanted to avenge Chandan Gupta's murder

Jamia University shooting: The shooter appeared to claim on his Facebook wall that he was avenging the death of Chandan Gupta who was killed during Kasganj violence in the year 2018.

Written by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: January 31, 2020 0:19 IST
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Chandan Gupta (Pictured above) was killed in Kasganj violence in 2018

Jamia University firing: The shooter appeared to claim on his Facebook wall that he was avenging the death of Chandan Gupta who was killed during Kasganj violence in the year 2018. In another of shocking details that have emerged after shooting at Jami Millia Islamia University, the accused did a Facebook Live as he opened fire at students who were protesting against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Jamia attacker had posted some other posts on his Facebook wall just hours before he carried out the shooting at Jamia Millia Islamia.

Who is Chandan Gupta?

Chandan Gupta was killed in clashes following stone-pelting incident during a rally taken out by members of VishwaHindu Parishad (VHP) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Republic Day in 2018.

The firing incident at Jamia Millia Islamia University created panic in the area, the attack was captured by television cameras that showed the man in light coloured pants and a dark jacket, walking away on an empty road barricaded by police, turning around and shouting at the protesters in Hindi, “Take this independence.”

"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 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.

Chinmoy Biswal, DCP (southeast), said the students wanted to take out a march from Jamia to Rajghat but were denied permission.

"They were being repeatedly told that the protest should be carried out peacefully. We had barricaded the road just before the Holy Family hospital. Meanwhile, a person was seen in the crowd who waved something which appeared to be a weapon."

"We have detained him and are interrogating him. One person has also been injured," Biswal said.

(Earlier version of this report mentioned name of the attacker. As subsequent news inputs revealed that he was a juvenile, his name was removed from the story.)

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