Contradicting the Delhi Police claim, the family of Kapil Gujjar who fired shots at the Shaheen Bagh protest in Delhi on Saturday has denied that he is linked to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
On Tuesday evening, the police said Kapil, 25, had confessed to being a member of AAP.
They released a photo from the shooter’s phone which they said established him as an AAP member as he wearing the party’s trademark white cap.
Photos from Kapil’s phone established that he and his father had joined AAP a year ago, said Rajesh Deo, a senior officer of the Delhi Police Crime Branch.
Despite photos in which Kapil Gujjar is seen with senior AAP leaders like Sanjay Singh and Atishi, his father and brother have denied any connection with Arvind Kejriwal-led party.
“Neither me nor my family has anything to do with AAP. They came to campaign during the Lok Sabha election (last year) and made us all wear AAP caps and that is what the photo is,” Kapil’s father Gaje Singh said.
“I used to be in BSP and fought an election as BSP candidate in 2012. After that I was unwell so I quit politics. We have nothing to do with politics. This time, when the BJP candidate came to campaign here, I garlanded them as well, like I would welcome any other candidate,” he added.
Kapil Gujjar had fired two or three times in the air at Shaheen Bagh where hundreds of women and children were protesting.
As he was being led away, he was also heard saying: “Humare desh mein sirf Hinduon ki chalegi aur kisi ki nahi (in our country only Hindus will prevail).”