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New Delhi, January 30, 2020
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has been handed over the probe into Thursday's Jamia firing in which a journalism student sustained injury after a youth opened fire around 2 pm at a march organised to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
According to sources, the decision was taken after Union Home Minister Amit Shah intervened and spoke with Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik.
"I talked to Delhi Police Commissioner over Delhi firing incident and directed him to take strict action," Shah said on Twitter.
An FIR under the Arms Act and a case of attempt to murder have been registered against the youth. The case, lodged at the New Friends Colony police station, will now be probed under the supervision of Special Commissioner Praveer Ranjan.
"The investigation into the firing that took place today (Thursday) in Delhi has been handed over to Delhi Police Special Commissioner (Crime Branch) Praveer Ranjan," tweeted Shah.
In an earlier tweet Shah had said Centre would not tolerate such incidents and the guilty would not be spared.
During the day, a youth opened fire with a country-made .315 bore pistol when the Jamia students were to start their march from Jamia Millia Islamia to Rajghat. It left a journalism student, Shadab, with injuries on his left arm.
The police, which was watching the march passively, overpowered the assailant.
Before opening fire, the youth shouted, "Deta hu tumhe azadi (Let me give you freedom)".
"The weapon used to fire has been seized," Delhi Police spokesperson Anil Mittal told IANS. The accused would be questioned by the Crime Branch, the Delhi Police said in a statement.