NEW DELHI: In a shocking development, Kapil Gurjar, the man who opened fire in Shaheen Bagh during anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in February 2020, was inducted into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, his membership was cancelled after his induction created political furore on Wednesday.
After his connection to the firing at Shaheen Bagh became known, Ghaziabad BJP president Sanjeev Sharma said that he was initially aware of the new inductee's criminal history.
Recently, Gurjar, along with a group of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) workers, was welcomed into the party by Ghaziabad BJP officials. According to reports, Gurjar admitted that he had joined the saffron party due as it works for the “Hindutva” cause.
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On February 1 this year, Gurjar had fired bullet at Shaheen Bagh where thousands of protesters were CAA and fired two rounds in the air. He was arrested by the police and taken into custody.
After shooting, Gurjar told the police that he was infuriated by protests at Shaheen Bagh leading to road blockade and traffic disruptions.
In a video, Kapil Gurjar was seen saying, “Hamare desh mein aur kiski nahin chalegi, sirf Hinduon ki chalegi (In our country, only Hindus can have their way, not anyone else).”
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