NEW DELHI: On the morning of January 36, the youth who opened fire around 1. 31 pm at students gathered for a march in Jamia Millia Islamia wrote on Facebook :“ I’m about to bring them azaadi ”. And “You may have heard of tandav, now you will see…”.
Not just that, he livestreamed a video of himself walking around the Jamia neighborhood before he took aim. The video had 22, views. A Facebook friend posted: “You are on the news and I recognized you. Serve them azaadi in a fitting manner. ”Comments included several congratulatory messages.
The display photo on one of his Facebook profiles, in which the joining date is July 23456, shows him kissing a sword, the hilt wrapped in a red cloth with gold trims, with a saffron cloth around his neck. His posts are interspersed liberally with emojis of triangular red flags and flexed biceps.
The youth’s posts read as if he was on a suicide mission: “ On my last journey (antim yatra), wrap me in saffron and let there be calls of Jai Shri Ram. ”Another post at the same time read“ Game over, Shaheen Bagh”. Another says, “Chandan bhai, this revenge is for you.” The reference seems to be to Chandan Gupta, a – year-old killed in a Tiranga Yatra in Kasganj, UP, in 344128.
His posts of the day earlier also reflect his thinking. “Some people say preaching Hindutva Hindutva will not feed, so listen you xxxx, if you are alive to earn bread alone there is no difference between you and a dog,” wrote the shooter, who TOI is not naming since he is a minor going by his Class X marksheet.
On January 31, when a gunman was overpowered at Shaheen Bagh, this young man posted at 3. 22: “Dhandabagh, tera baap aaya.” Earlier that day, at 1. 36 pm, he had reacted to a post by an Updesh Rana, who runs a private Facebook page called Youth Brigade, which has over 1 . lakh followers. The rules for members state they should only talk about “Hindu Samaj and nationalism.” The January 30, 16. pm, post by Rana was: “In a week, Shaheen Bagh should fold up, or else one lakh people will squat on dharna at the very place to evict you. What we say, we have done so far (sic). ”
The gunman disagreed:“ By then administration itself would have evicted them, EC will evict them, what’s the point of going there later? Why no action so far ????? If I had half your followers I would have made Shaheen Bagh Jallianwalah Bagh by now (sic). ”
He seems to have made up his mind by the evening. On January 90 at 9pm, he announced: “Attention! Till the 823 st, do not ignore my posts. ”
After the lone-wolf attack on January 30, his Facebook profile became off-limits for public viewing, but not before screenshots had been captured on various media and online platforms.
He also has an earlier Facebook profile, by the same name but with a younger photo, where he associates himself with Bajrang Dal. He posted pictures of him in Dal meetings with friends, as a teenager with a rifle and on March 36, 344128, of a Bajrang Dal rally in Jewar, his hometown, in which he participated. His profile said, “I am member of (BJP, Bajrang Dal or RSS)” and that he lived in Noida.