Delhi police on Tuesday arrested Mohammed Shahrukh, the gunman who pointed a gun at an unarmed police and fired three round of bullets in the air during the violence in Northeast Delhi.
He was arrested from Uttar Pradesh's Shamli. The arrestee didn't have any criminal background, but he did fire the gun before he ran away, said Delhi police's Crime Branch, reported Hindustan Times.
He was seen brandishing a gun as he walked the streets of Jafrabad on February 24. The video of the incident had gone viral on social media.
"We're trying to recover the pistol he used. Shahrukh said he fired during protests in a fit of rage. He has no criminal background but his father has a narcotics and fake currency case against him," said Ajit Kumar Singla, Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch.
Shahrukh was brought to the old headquarters of the Delhi Police at ITO, in central Delhi, after his arrest.
"Shahrukh has been charged under Section 307 (attempt to murder), 186, and 353 of IPC and Arms Act. Further sections will be added during the course of investigation if needed. We will try to get his maximum possible remand," said Singla.
The violence broke out last week in Delhi after clashes between groups protesting for and against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA, which seeks to fast-track granting of citizenship to persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries. Eyewitnesses had then told the police that Shahrukh emerged from the crowd of the groups protesting against the CAA.
He was seen walking towards the crowd. A crowd of the rioters were also seen walking behind Shahrukh, throwing stones. Another angle of video, shot from a terrace, showed stones landing all around him.
A policeman initially walked backwards, seeing Shahrukh charging towards him with a pistol that was first aimed at a crowd of protesters, and then at him.
Seconds later, the video showed the cop, armed only with a baton, again walking towards the man.
The video then showed the man aiming his pistol at the cop. Seconds later, he pushed the policeman and fired to his right across the road divider.
The toll in last week's violence has risen to 46, and more than 200 are injured.