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Ex-AAP leader Tahir Hussain confesses to being mastermind behind Northeast Delhi violence

Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain has admitted to his role in the North East Delhi violence that broke out in February against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Special Investigation Team (SIT) team of Delhi Police said on Sunday.

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New Delhi Updated on: August 03, 2020 8:56 IST
Ex-AAP leader Tahir Hussain confesses to being mastermind behind northeast Delhi violence
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Ex-AAP leader Tahir Hussain confesses to being mastermind behind northeast Delhi violence

Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain has admitted to his role in the North East Delhi violence that broke out in February against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Special Investigation Team (SIT) team of Delhi Police said on Sunday.

Hussain admitted that he has incited people to unleash violence, according to an Interrogation Report (IR) by Delhi Police. Tahir Hussain said that he met former JNU student Umar Khalid at Popular Front of India (PFI) office in Shaheen Bagh on January 8. Tahir reportedly told the police that he was aggrieved after the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, Supreme Court ruling in the favour of Ram Temple in Ayodhya and Centre passing Citizenship Amendment Act; and hence decided to take an extreme step.

According to Delhi Police, Tahir Hussain's task was to collect as much glass bottle, petrol, acid, stones, as possible on the roof of my house.

One of Tahir Hussain's acquaintance, Khalid Saifi was given the task to gather people on the streets for protest.

"Khalid Saifi, along with his friend Ishrat Jahan, first started a dharna demonstration in Khureji on the lines of Shaheen Bagh. On February 4, in Abu Fazal Enclave, I met Khalid Saifi for planning the riots," Tahir Hussain told the police during interrogation.

"On February 4, in Abu Fazal Enclave, I met Khalid Saifi for planning the riots. It was decided to provoke people sitting on the anti-CAA strike. Khalif Saifi said that something big has to be done at the time of Donald Trump's visit so that the government kneel," he said.

Delhi Police interrogation reveals that Tahir Hussain has admitted that he collected a lot of acid, petrol, diesel and stones on his roof. He had also took his pistol from the police station for use in the violence.

"On February 24, according to our plan, I have called several people and told me how to throw stones, petrol bombs, and acid bottles from my roof. I had shifted my family to another place. On 24 February 2020, at about 1:30 pm we started throwing stones," Tahir Hussain told police.

According to a charge sheet by Delhi Police, Tahir Hussain is one of the prime accused in the killing of IB staffer Ankit Sharma, whose body was recovered from a drain in Chand Bagh on February 26, during the violence in North East Delhi.

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