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Delhi violence: Expelled AAP councillor Tahir Hussain arrested

Delhi violence: Expelled AAP councillor Tahir Hussain arrested

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 05 Mar 2020, 10:42 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Expelled Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Md. Tahir Hussain was on Thursday arrested in connection with the murder of Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Ankit Sharma during the deadly Delhi violence, media reports said.

Hussain on Tuesday moved a court seeking anticipatory bail but it was deferred to Thursday.

Hussain, a councilor from Ward no. 59 (Nehru Vihar) of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), has been blamed for inciting his community's people during the communal violence over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protest and leading an attack from his house's rooftop.

The AAP councilor, however, denied all allegations against him and claimed his house as well as rooftop were 'hijacked' by rioters.

While a case has been filed against Hussain, the AAP has suspended the councillor from the party.

Acting tough, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal had said, "No rioter should be spared irrespective of his political affiliation. He can belong to BJP or Congress or AAP but must be put to jail."

"If he belongs to the AAP, he must be doubly punished," the Chief Minister had added.

At least 47 people including an Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer have died and over 300 injured in the violence which initially had started between the protesters and supporters of the CAA but later took a communal spin.

The violence went on for 48 hours between Feb 24 and 25.