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Women Form Human Chain After Man Fires Shots at Shaheen Bagh

The man, who identified himself as Kapil Gujjar, opened fire close to the police barricades behind the stage.

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Soon after a man fired two shots in the air and said “hamare desh mein kisi aur ki nahin chalegi, sirf Hinduon ki chalegi (In our country no one will have their way except Hindus),” several women joined hands to form a human chain at Shaheen Bagh amid heavy police presence.

A man on Saturday, 1 February fired two rounds in air in the Shaheen Bagh area in Jamia Nagar, where an anti-CAA protest is on, following which he was taken into custody by police, eyewitnesses said.

No one was injured in the incident which occurred at around 5 pm. This is the second time this week that an armed man has entered the site where the protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act has been going on since over a month.

According to eyewitnesses, the man, who identified himself as Kapil Gujjar, opened fire close to the police barricades, nearly 250 metres behind the stage. He was overpowered by police personnel and taken into custody.

“The accused fired in the air near police barricades. He was overpowered by police personnel and taken into custody. Further investigation is on,” said Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast).

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“Only Hindus will get to call the shots in our country and nobody else (Hamare desh mein sirf Hinduon ki chalegi. Aur kisi ki nahi chalegi),” the man shouted while he was being taken into custody.

Abu Ala Suhani, a publisher and resident of Shaheen Bagh, said, “The man appeared be in his 20s and fired two rounds. While he was being taken into custody, we heard a policeman asking him his name. The man said his name was Kapil Gujjar and he belongs to Dallupura village in Uttar Pradesh. He shouted ‘Hindu Rashtra Zindabad’ and fired two rounds."

Police said that they are verifying his identity.

The incident comes days after a local contractor armed with a gun had come to the site and asked the people to end the protest.

On Thursday, a youth had fired on anti-CAA protesters near Jamia Millia Islamia injuring a student.

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