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NEW DELHI: A juvenile on Thursday fired at anti-CAA protesters at Jamia Millia Islamia injuring a student and triggering massive protests at the university. The protest outside the university was called off after nearly 7 hours when police released four detained protesters, police and university officials said. Here are the key developments:

* Juvenile opens fire at protesters

A juvenile fired at a group of anti-CAA protesters at Jamia Millia Islamia on Thursday, injuring a student, before calmly walking away while waving the firearm above his head and shouting “Yeh lo aazadi” amid heavy police presence in the area. The juvenile was subsequently overpowered by police and taken into custody. There was heavy police and media presence when the incident took place.

* Jamia student injured

The injured student was identified as Shadab Farooq, a mass communication student at Jamia. Farooq was trying to calm the attacker but he shot at him injuring his left hand. Farooq belongs to Kashmir. He was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Joint Commissioner of Police (southern range) Devesh Srivastava said based on the statement of the victim, a case of attempt to murder has been registered.

* Panic in the area

The entire incident, which triggered panic in the area, 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.” Thousands of people and police personnel faced off against each other near the Jamia Millia Islamia University after the incident.

* Home minister directs police to take action

Union home minister Amit Shah directed Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to take the strictest action in the case of a man firing at protesters near the Jamia Millia Islamia University. Shah also said the case will be investigated by Special Commissioner of Delhi Police Praveer Ranjan. The home minister said the Central government will not tolerate such incidents and the guilty will not be spared.

* Firing incident has shaken our faith in police: Najma Akhtar, JMI Vice-Chancellor

The V-C said it was really unfortunate that during the entire firing incident a contingent of police stood there and just watched everything happen. “I am proud that my students handled the situation very calmly. Cops just watched as a man brandished pistol and shot our student. The incident has shaken our faith in police. Jamia will pay for the treatment of the injured student and also reschedule the exams for him.

* Police says incident happened in seconds

The Jamia firing incident happened in a matter of seconds and by the time police could react, the man, who has been arrested, had fired his pistol at a group of anti-CAA protesters, the Delhi Police said on Thursday. The statement came after the Delhi Police faced flak from Jamia Millia Islamia students and the AAP alleged that the force’s personnel were “mute spectators”

* Congress slams NDA

The Congress accused the BJP of “polarising” the Delhi assembly polls and said the firing incident at Jamia Milia Islamia is a live manifestation of the “spectre of hate and terror perpetrated by the NDA government” at the Centre. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the hate that assassinated Mahatma Gandhi is today mutilating the soul and the economy of India. “The manner in which an unknown person opened fire at Jamia Millia Islamia University is a result of this hatred, the atmosphere that’s been created in this country in the last one month,” he said.

* AAP alleges BJP wants to create ‘riot-like’ situation in Delhi

The AAP smelt a BJP conspiracy behind the Jamia firing incident, saying the saffron party wants to create a “riot-like” situation in Delhi and get the assembly polls, scheduled for February 8, postponed as it can sense its defeat. The party also demanded the resignation of Amit Shah, terming him the “most incompetent home minister India has ever had”, while also slamming the police for just being a “mute spectator” to the firing incident. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said Delhi’s law and order was “deteriorating”.

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