‘Gun and Godse ki baat’ comes alive on Gandhi’s assassination day  

Exactly after 72 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, Godse of today came alive near Jamia

‘Gun and Godse ki baat’ comes alive on Gandhi’s assassination day  

NH Web Desk

Exactly after 72 years of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination, Godse of today came alive near Jamia.

A man named Rambhakt Gopal opened fire at people protesting the citizenship law, unleashing chaos and panic in the area.

The entire incident unfolded despite a huge contingent of armed policemen, in riot gear, standing just metres away from the man.

Gopal waved a gun and shouted "Yeh lo azaadi (here's your freedom)" at the protesters.

He stood meters away from dozens of policemen deployed outside the university, where protesters had gathered for a march.

He also shouted "Delhi Police zindabad (Long live Delhi Police)".

The shooter has been detained and is being questioned after he was overpowered.

The man had gone live on Facebook minutes before he drew out his gun. Videos on his Facebook timeline showed him walking around in the crowded road - the venue of the protest - with a red backpack on.

His previous posts seemed to indicate that he had come prepared for the consequences of his action.

"On my last journey, take me draped in saffron and shout slogans of Jai Shri Ram," one of them in Hindi read.

Another more threatening post read, "Shaheen Bagh, Game Over", referring to a massive protest against the citizenship law taken up by women and children.

Ahead of this incident, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in Kerala that Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in the same ideology as Mahatma Gandhi's killer Nathuram Godse.

Priyanka Gandhi said over a tweet that this is the outcome of hate speech by BJP leaders.

Priyanka tweeted,"All this is possible when the ministers and leaders of the BJP government will incite people to shoot, give provocative speeches. The Prime Minister should answer what kind of Delhi he wants to build?

Do they stand with violence or non-violence?"

The firing took place days after Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur urged a crowd at an election rally in Delhi to say "goli maaro" - or shoot down traitors.

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Published: 31 Jan 2020, 10:46 AM