NEW DELHI (AFP) – A suspected Hindu nationalist opened fire at an anti-government protest in India’s capital on Saturday, police said, just days after an armed teenager shot and injured a student at a rally in the same city.
The gunman fired into a large crowd of female demonstrators at a non-stop protest in New Delhi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s contentious citizenship law that critics say discriminates against Muslims. No injuries were reported.
Footage broadcast on local television stations showed a man in his 20s being taken away by police as he shouted that “only Hindus will prevail in the country.”
Officers said the attacker fired at least two rounds towards protesters and tried to escape after his weapon froze, but was caught by locals.
“We have taken him into custody and recovered the weapon,” a police official told AFP.