Shaheen Bagh shooter is a member of AAP, claims Delhi Police; BJP indulging in 'dirty politics', counters Sanjay Singh

On 1 February, Kapil Baisala aka Kapil Gujjar had fired two rounds in the air at Shaheen Bagh, where anti-CAA protests are being held for over a month now.

FP Staff February 04, 2020 23:58:51 IST
Shaheen Bagh shooter is a member of AAP, claims Delhi Police; BJP indulging in 'dirty politics', counters Sanjay Singh
  • The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has said that Kapil Baisala, the man who opened fire at the Shaheen Bagh protest site, is a member of the AAP

  • DCP (Crime Branch) Rajesh Deo said his mobile phone has been seized and they have retrieved his WhatsApp data and photos of him and his father joining the party

  • Kapil Baisala, whose name had been mentioned as Kapil Gujjar in earlier reports, has been sent to police custody for two days, ANI quoted him as saying

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has said that Kapil Baisala aka Kapil Gujjar, the man who opened fire at the Shaheen Bagh protest site on Saturday, is a member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

DCP (Crime Branch) Rajesh Deo said his mobile phone has been seized and they have retrieved his WhatsApp data and photos of him and his father joining the party. The accused and his father joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in February 2019, he said.

In one of the photos released by the police, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and party leader Atishi were seen welcoming Kapil at a party event.

Kapil Baisala, whose name had been mentioned as Kapil Gujjar in earlier reports, has been sent to police custody for two days, ANI quoted him as saying.

On 1 February, Kapil had fired two rounds in the air at Shaheen Bagh, where anti-CAA protests are being held for over a month now.

After being overpowered by police personnel, Kapil had chanted "Jai Shri Ram" and said, "hamare desh me aur kisi ki nahi chalegi, sirf Hinduon ki chalegi (only Hindus shall have a say in our country, no one else)," as he was taken into custody by the Delhi Police.

Reacting to the developments, AAP leader Sanjay Singh denied any connection with Kapil and accused the BJP of indulging in "dirty politics" in the run-up to the 8 February Delhi Assembly election.

"Amit Shah is the home minister of the country at this time. Just before elections, photos and conspiracies will be found. Three-four days are left for the elections, BJP will do as much dirty politics as they can. What does having a picture with someone mean?" ANI quoted him as saying.

Addressing a press conference, Singh accused the BJP and Amit Shah of hatching a conspiracy, especially at a time when the Model Code of Conduct is in force in the National Capital. He also lashed out at DCP Rajesh Deo, accusing him of releasing the photos before the investigation was completed at Amit Shah's behest."How did the pictures, which are still a part of the police investigation, reach the media and the BJP,?" he asked, adding that the AAP will approach the Election Commission to complain against the police officer.


Meanwhile, Baisala's family has also refuted the claims.

Kapil Baisala's uncle Fatesh Singh told PTI, "I have no idea where these photographs are circulating from. My nephew Kapil had no association with any political party nor does any other member from the family is. My brother Gaje Singh, (Kapil's father) fought Assembly elections in 2008 for Bahujan Samaj Party and lost. After that no one from our family had any links with any political party".Singh added that Kapil also doesn't have any friends associated with the AAP or any other political party.

The BJP has, however, alleged that AAP is attempting to implicate the saffron party. Sharing a video showing the shooter being taken away by the police, Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP's IT-Cell, tweeted:

The Delhi Assembly election will be held on 8 February and the results will be declared on 11 February.

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