A man identified as Rambhakt Gopal Sharma opened fire at the Jamia Millia Islamia students demonstrating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the poll-bound Delhi on Thursday.
Before opening fire, he shouted, "If you people have to stay in India then you will have to say Vande Mataram, and now I am going to give you your freedom." He later shouted 'Jai Shri Ram' and opened fire," a protester said.
Meanwhile, Republic TV reported that the man who shot the protester was also one of them. "Protester turns violent" and "Jamia protester uses a gun" could seen be read on the channel in the viral images on Twitter.
"When you think it can’t get worse. It does. This is not journalism," wrote a Twitter user. "How low can a news channel stoop to distort reality like this? A fanatic Hindu terrorist fires a gun at Jamia students and TV turns it as a protester shooting and violence at Jamia. Shame on you so called journalists. This is how dangerous ideology spews and enables violence," wrote another user.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
When you think it can’t get worse. It does.— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) January 30, 2020
This is not journalism. https://t.co/ErzosKXaMw
Meanwhile, in the la la land of the Republic, misinformation and consent is being manufactured... pic.twitter.com/Q5pDbgPSe7— Saikat Datta (email@example.com) (@saikatd) January 30, 2020
Republic TV is nothing more than India's Rwanda Radio RTLM (Radio Télévision Libre des Milles Collines) that distorted events to push for genocide.— Doctor Roshan R (@pythoroshan) January 30, 2020
To actually claim the gun shooter at #Jamia is a protestor even after hearing his screams clearly shows that Arnab is pushing a lie. pic.twitter.com/t1fUWj6tqd
Republic TV can really call themselves a PR agency now. Except their only client is the ruling party https://t.co/YTBnY3S5b4— Pablo Eskoulbar (@TooKoulForYou) January 30, 2020
How low can a news channel stoop to distort reality like this? A fanatic Hindu terrorist fires a gun at Jamia students and tv turns it as a protestor shooting and violence at jamia. Shame on you so called journalists. This is how dangerous ideology spews and enables violence. https://t.co/osVBump2Xw— Dr. Amrita Ghosh (@MsBiryani) January 30, 2020
Y'all still thinks what @kunalkamra88 did was wrong. This piece of shit called @republic tv has the ability to go low everyday.We need to start confronting them, they should know what they do has consequences. Consequences that can kill people, can destroy an entire country... https://t.co/2td9revQEe— Shantanu Sharma (@_sharmashantanu) January 30, 2020
I had hoped that journalism improves over time. But it has consistently worsened and this is just something that we need to get used to.— Rishi Kalapi (@rishikalapi) January 30, 2020
Things are not going to get better until the consumers raise their standards. And the sad fact is, they don't seem to want to. https://t.co/U3XLasLYv3
Arnab is a disgrace and he is running his channel without any conscience. https://t.co/66IqljtGQH— Rackhee Sandilya (@Chupnahirahungi) January 30, 2020
The CPI(M) said the firing in Jamia Millia Islamia was a fallout of the "hate speech" by Union Ministers and BJP leaders during the Delhi Assembly poll campaign.
While, Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party sought Home Minister Amit Shah's resignation after a man opened fire at an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act march, injuring a Jamia Millia Islamia student.
"The law and order situation is deteriorating in Delhi. The BJP is using hate speeches. Today's shooting incident (at Jamia) is an indication. The party is scared to lose the election and so its leaders are attempting to postpone the polls," Sanjay Singh told IANS.
(With inputs from agencies)