The Delhi Police has filed two chargesheets in the Delhi riots case on Tuesday. In one of the chargesheets, they have named suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor, Tahir Hussain, as the main conspirator.
The chargesheets were related to the Chand Bagh and Jaffrabad riots incidents that took place in late February. Police said that on February 25, a case was registered against Tahir Hussain.
“This case was registered for the riots that took place at about 2:15 pm on February 24 outside Tahir Hussain’s house in Khajuri Khas, Delhi. 15 persons, including Tahir Hussain, have been arrested in this case,” police said.
The police investigation has claimed that there was a “deep-rooted conspiracy” to cause riots in North East Delhi.
“Tahir Hussain, a politician of Aam Aadmi Party and sitting councillor in EDMC played a pivotal role in the incident. His younger brother, Shah Alam was also arrested. Hussain’s licensed pistol, which was used by him during the riots, was seized during the investigation,’ police said.
Police added that on February 22, Tahir got his pistol released from the Khajuri Khas police station. This is just one day before the starting of riots in Delhi.
The police have also found connections between Hussain and activists Khalid Saifi and Umar Khalid who were part of a larger group of persons who were organizing protests in Delhi.
Adding further, the police said also recovered crates containing glass bottles having some liquid filled in them and their necks stuffed with pieces of cloth, which were used or to be used as Molotov cocktails, a large number of bricks and stone pieces and three catapults from the house of the accused.
According to the call details, Tahir Hussain was in the Chandbagh area on March 27. In the chargesheet, the Crime Branch revealed that he made PCR call to police alleging his life was in danger due to rioters. The local police reached Hussain’s house on the night of February 24 and found that Hussain had no injury and there was any damage or arson at his house while other houses close to Hussain’s building were vandalized.
The police have alleged that Hussain made the call to save himself from the case. The chargesheet also claims that Hussain distributed Rs 1 crore among locals to instigate riots.
Three SITs have been constituted in the Crime Branch to investigate important cases registered during the riots in North East District, Delhi. These cases (total 59 in number), include all murders and some important incidents of riots that had occurred in February this year. After investigation, chargesheets are being filed in Court.
The ex-AAP Councillor has also been booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a separate case related to the February riots in North East Delhi.
He has also been arrested in the murder case of IB staffer Ankit Sharma.
Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.