Jamia shooting premeditated, police negligence shocking: Popular Front

Popular Front of India General Secretary M Mohammed Ali Jinnah expressed anguish and shock over firing on the peaceful students’ protest against the new Citizenship Law at Jamia Millia in Delhi.

The incident happened in broad daylight in the national capital exposed criminal negligence of Delhi Police. Not only did the police remained mute spectators the whole time, they did not even remove the barricade for the injured student, who had to climb over the barricade to head for treatment.

Meanwhile, reportedly, there are attempts to downplay the seriousness of the incident. This attack is a culmination of a long created atmosphere of intolerance, hate and violence against minorities and any form of opposition. Those who want to present Rambhakth Gopal, the shooter, as a mentally disturbed lone-wolf, are partners in crime and have a lot to cover up. Gopal’s social media activities reveal his close association with Hindutva groups as well as his criminal intent of violence against Shaheen Bagh protest. Also the incident took place days after top BJP leader and Central minister Anurag Thakur’s inciting sloganeering openly asking to shoot protesters (Desh ki Gadharom ko, goli maro salon ko). This incident happened on 30 January, the martyrdom day Gandhiji shows, those who worship the ideology and methods of Godse are ever more powerful.

Mohammed Ali Jinnah has demanded a judicial enquiry by a sitting judge to unearth the conspiracies behind the incident. The Union Minister who exhorted to shoot at protesters has no right remain in office and hence to be expelled from office and arrested. He also demanded to dismiss the police officers who remained mute spectators and allowed free hand to the shooter. While appealing the Jamia and Shaheen Bagh protestors to maintain peace amidst even utmost provocations, he warned communal fascist forces against disturbing peaceful agitations and targeting the agitators.