On Monday, when PM Modi and the country was welcoming US President and his family in Ahmedabad, the capital city turned into a battlefield. A group of protesters in northeast Delhi started protesting against the citizenship law or CAA. They started torching houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump, and throwing stones.
Police fired tear gas shells and also resorted lathi-charge to bring the situation in control. The condition worsened after clashes broke out between pro and anti-CAA groups at Maujpur, Chandbagh, Jaffrabad, Khureji Khas and Bhajanpura.
During the clashes, a 33-year-old man was captured opening fire in Jaffrabad. A video has been widely circulated on social media showing the man in a red shirt, holding a gun and was confronting an unarmed Delhi Police officer. The footage shows Shahrukh pointing his gun at the police officer, and he slowly retreats, holding his hands away from his body to indicate he is unarmed. The man fired eight rounds before the police overpowered him. An FIR has been lodged against him under the Arms Act, and he is being questioned.
The gunman then walks right up to the police officer and shoves him away before firing in the air once more. As he fires, the police officer slowly walks away raising his hands even as other people shout and throw stones at him.
Seven people including a cop were killed, and nearly 100 were injured during the Monday clashes. The alleged gunman was arrested by police who said his name is Shahrukh. Buses, vehicles set on fire, houses vandalised on Monday afternoon. A petrol pump was set on fire.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet, “Very distressing news regarding disturbance of peace and harmony in parts of Delhi coming in. I sincerely urge Hon’ble LG and Hon’ble Union Home Minister to restore law and order and ensure that peace and harmony is maintained. Nobody should be allowed to orchestrate flagrations.”