New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A day after Delhi Police's claim that the man who opened fires at Shaheen bagh protest site last week was a member of AAP left the ruling party embarrassed, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday hit out at Home Minister Amit Shah, alleging that the latter was using police for "petty conspiracies". 

Furthering his charges on the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party convenor also questioned the timing of the revelation made by the Delhi Police, which came just three days ahead of the national capital going to polls.  

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"BJP has left with nothing. They have nothing to counter the workers done by the AAP government in Delhi. All parties came together to beat Kejriwal. Later, they started saying Kejriwal is terrorist, traitor and anti-worker. It all did not work. So they started using the Delhi Police. Do we have the power to do such a thing (shooting)? Do we do such type of work?" Kejriwal said as quoted by news agency ANI.

Refuting police’s claim of Shaheen Bagh shooter Kapil Gujjar’s links with the Aam Aadmi Party, Kejriwal said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah is using police to do such petty conspiracies, 48-hours before the elections. He also asserted that the accused should get strict punishment.

"Kapil's family has said they have nothing to do with AAP. Anyone can get their pictures clicked with someone. I say he should get strict punishment. If he has any link with AAP, then he should be given harshest punishment. Forty-eight hours before polling, Amit Shah is using police to do such petty conspiracies. The entire country knows they are doing a political stunt," he said.

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His remarks came after the Crime Branch of Delhi Police revealed that Kapil Gujjar is associated with the AAP, based on photographs recovered from his phone in which he and his father are seen with prominent leaders of the party

The photos, recovered from Kapil's phone, show him and his father Gaje Singh with AAP leaders such as Atishi and Sanjay Singh and are allegedly from 2019 on the day when the father-son duo joined AAP.

However, Gaje Singh, Kapil Gujjar’s father, has denied links of his family with the AAP and said “Neither I 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”, as quoted by news agency ANI.

Attacking Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party, BJP president JP Nadda yesterday said that the whole incident exposed the grimy face of the party and Kejriwal who were playing with the country’s security. 

“For political longing, Kejriwal and his people even sold the security of the country. Earlier, Kejriwal used to insult the Army and advocate terrorists, but today, relations with those who carry out their terrorist activities came to light,” Nadda said in a tweet. He further stated that he wanted to make it clear to Kejriwal that this country is bigger than any election, any government.

Earlier, CP Crime Branch, Delhi Police, Rajesh Deo said Kapil, at the beginning of the investigation, had disclosed the fact that he had joined AAP in 2019 but added that the influence of any politicians on Kapil would become clear only after further investigations.

Kapil, according to the official, had told the Crime Branch that he had brought the pistol almost seven years ago for celebratory firing during his brother's wedding.

On Tuesday, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur sent Kapil, who is a resident of Dallupura village near Delhi-Noida border, to two-day police custody.

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Kapil was detained by police on Saturday following the firing incident and an FIR was registered against him. He had, on February 1, opened fire in the air at Shaheen Bagh, where protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are going on for over 50 days.

Posted By: Talib Khan