Senior BJP leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a tweet message on February 1st, 2020 said the Narendra Modi government is ready to talk to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh if a request is made in a “structured” manner.
“The government is ready to talk to protesters of Shaheen Bagh but then it should be in a structured form and the Narendra Modi government is ready to communicate with them and clear all their doubts they have against CAA,” said the Union Minister in the tweet. He also posted a video clip of himself answering a question on a TV channel.
A man was detained on February 1st, 2020 for firing bullets in Shaheen Bagh area where locals have been camping for over a month against the CAA. The man has been identified as 24-year-old Kapil Gujjar.
While being taken away by police, Kapil chanted Jai Shree Ram and shouted Sirf Hinduon ka raj chalega (only Hindus will rule).
Prasad’s statement comes after a video clip of a man, later said to be 17 and a juvenile, brandishing his gun and open firing at the crowd standing meters away from dozens of policemen deployed outside the Jamia Millia University on January 30th, 2020 sent shockwaves across the country.
In the video, the man reportedly shouted Yeh lo azadi (here’s your freedom) and ‘Delhi Police Zindabad (Long live Delhi Police)” and then shot at students at a march. The bullet injured Shadab Farooq, a mass communication department student.
BJP MP Parvesh Verma earlier triggered a controversy alleging that anti-CAA protesters gathered at Shaheen Bagh will “enter homes, rape and kill”, and emphasised that this can only be prevented if the BJP is elected to power in Delhi.
Following the “communally divisive remarks”, the MP was banned from campaigning in Delhi Assembly polls by the Election Commission for 96 hours on January 30th, 2020.