UP: Does viral video contradict DGP claim of no bullet being fired?
KANPUR: Amid repeated claims by Uttar Pradesh DGP O P Singh that not a single bullet has been fired on protesters, a viral video shows a policeman raising his gun to open fire amid sound of gunshots during clashes between police and protesters in Yateemkhana area of Kanpur, which witnessed massive violence on Saturday. The top cop had also reiterated that those who died so far were caught in cross-fire and autopsy reports would prove this.
SSP Kanpur Anant Deo too joined chorus on Friday and stated police exercised maximum restraint and only fired teargas shells and rubber pellets. Doctors at the mortuary at LLR Hospital confirmed that all three protesters from Babupurwa had died of gunshot wounds, but refused to divulge the bullet bore, which could throw light on whether it was a prohibited police gun or a countrymade weapon.
In the 90-second viral video, a khaki-clad policeman wearing chest guard and a military head-gear, can be seen loading his gun before walking towards the sidelines and taking position to shoot. With a baton in his left hand, he aims his gun towards the crowd. A man wearing a camel colour pullover is heard shouting at a video cameraman to stop shooting the incident and let policemen open fire. He was heard shouting — Camera hata lo, aur inko goli chalane do (Put off your video camera and allow him to fire). Sound of gunshots could be heard in the background, but it could not be ascertained it was a bullet.
ADG, Kanpur Zone, Prem Prakash told TOI, “Not a single cop opened fire at the crowds. None of the persons from Yateemkhana was injured.” When TOI contacted inspectorgeneral of police, Kanpur Range, Mohit Agarwal, he said, “When ammunition was returned by policemen after duty, the bullet count remained the same. This rules out possibility of any deployed cop opening fire.”