The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday late night suspended its councillor Tahir Hussain, accused for killing of IB staffer, from primary membership of party until the completion of the probe.
Aam Aadmi Party corporator Tahir Hussain on Wednesday had claimed innocence in a video after allegations were levelled against him by the kin of slain Intelligence Bureau staffer Ankit Sharma.
Sharma’s body found in a drain in North East Delhi’s Chand Bagh locality, where violent clashes between anti and pro Citizenship (Amendment) Act protesters erupted on Sunday. 34 people have been killed, and over 200 have been injured in the horrific clashes in the past five days. Sharma, 26, was returning home on Tuesday when he was allegedly stoned and beaten to death.
After Sharma’s body was recovered, his father Ravinder Sharma – an assistant sub-inspector with the Delhi Police – alleged that the AAP leader’s supporters had killed his son. The body has been sent for an autopsy.
“Ankit went at the site (Chand Bagh) where stone-pelting was taking place. Around 15-20 people came from Tahir’s building and dragged 5-6 people inside the building. They also fired at other people who tried to save those taken inside the building,” Ankit’s father Ravinder Kumar told ANI.
In a video that has been widely circulated on the internet, shows a man, believed to be Hussain, on the roof of a building along with other people, throwing stones towards the street. The building, reportedly belongs to the AAP corporator. The man in the video was also reportedly seen carrying a stick at one point. Smoke was seen emanating from the building, which indicated that it may have been under attack.
Hussain, on Twitter, posted a video clarifying his involvement saying that it is “politically motivated”.
“The news about me is false. Since Kapil Mishra’s hate speech, the situation in Delhi has deteriorated, with stone-throwing and violence taking place. The same happened here (at his residence) the day before yesterday,” Hussain said in a video posted on Twitter.
Hussain said that he made frantic calls to the police who arrived after a few hours, and conducted a thorough search of the building. The AAP leader said that police officials asked him and his family to take shelter somewhere.
In an interview with ANI, Hussain pleaded for his innocence and requested for a thorough investigation.
“I am very sad to hear about the death of IB officer Ankit Sharma. He should get justice. I am not involved in this incident. There should be a thorough investigation of this matter”.
Hussain claims that he requested the police to be present in the area as his building was being targeted and could be used for wrongful purposes. “Delhi Police was present at the building, only they can tell what exactly happened. I will fully cooperate with the police,” he added.
Rajya Sabha MP and senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh has said that severe punishment will be taken against the individual if he is found guilty.
“From the very first day, AAP has been saying that any person, be it from any party or religion,action must be taken against them if guilty,” he told ANI.
AAP supremo and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that any person found guilty will be given stringent punishment. “If any Aam Aadmi Party person is found guilty then that person should be given double the punishment. There should be no politics on the issue of national security,” he said in a press conference.