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On Tuesday, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police told the reporters that has said that Kapil Gujjar, 25, the man who opened fire at the Shaheen Bagh protest site on Saturday, is a member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

DCP (Crime Branch) Rajesh Deo said his mobile phone has been seized and they have retrieved his WhatsApp data and photos of him and his father joining the party.

The accused and his father joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in February 2019, he said.

In one of the photos released by the police, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and party leader Atishi were seen welcoming Kapil at a party event.

Kapil Gujjar had fired two or three times in the air, standing near the spot where hundreds of women and children were sitting at Shaheen Bagh. While being led away, he was heard saying: “Humare desh mein sirf Hinduon ki chalegi aur kisi ki nahi (in our country only Hindus will prevail).”

Reacting to the developments, AAP leader Sanjay Singh denied any connection with Kapil and accused the BJP of indulging in “dirty politics” in the run-up to the 8 February Delhi Assembly election.

“At this time now, just before elections, photos and conspiracies will be found. Three to four days are left for the elections. The BJP will do as much dirty politics as they can. What does having a picture with someone mean?” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

 

The party, Mr Singh said at a press conference later, would send a legal notice to the police officer who made the claim and also complain to the Election Commission.The police was making claims just three days before the assembly polls even before the investigation was over, he added.

 

The Delhi Assembly election will be held on 8 February and the results will be declared on 11 February.

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