New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Police has confessed for the first time that firing was done on their behalf in the demonstrations against the citizenship law. 15 people died in UP during demonstrations, of which most of them died due to bullet injuries. But the police had yet to say that they did not fire a single shot on the protesters anywhere. But the police in Bijnor of western UP told NDTV that two protesters had died in the city, one of whom died due to police firing. Violence erupted on Friday during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Bijnor. Bijnor’s police chief said that a policeman had shot at 20-year-old Suleman in self-defense.
Bijnor SP Sanjeev Tyagi told NDTV, ‘When one of our constables proceeded to withdraw the snatch gun, someone in the crowd opened fire on him. She narrowly survived. They fired at him as retaliation and self-defense. His friends went away with him. His name is Suleman and he died. Another protestant Anis also died in firing from the crowd.
The statement of the police officer is completely opposite to the statement of the Uttar Pradesh police chief. UP’s DGP had said that not a single death occurred in the police firing. DGP OP Singh told NDTV on Saturday, ‘We did not fire a single bullet’. The UP police had said that only the protesters used weapons in the violence. Also said that some policemen were injured in the attack by protesters.
Suleman’s family says that he was preparing for the Civil Services Entrance Examination and had nothing to do with the demonstrations. They have claimed that the police has scared them.
Suleman’s brother Shoaib Malik told NDTV, ‘My brother went to offer Namaz. He was returning home after namaz to have some food. He had fever for the last few days. He did not go to the mosque near our house, he went to another mosque. When he came out, lathicharge was being done and tear gas shells were being released. The police picked him up and shot him. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reached Bijnor on Sunday and met the family members of Suleman and Anis.