Delhi violence: AAP suspends its councillor accused of involvement in killing of IB man

I was the target, not the attacker: Hussain

Delhi violence: AAP suspends its councillor accused of involvement in killing of IB man

Intelligence Bureau staffer Ankit Sharma.

New Delhi, February 27

An FIR was registered on Thursday against AAP councillor Tahir Hussain for allegedly being involved in the killing of Intelligence Bureau staffer Ankit Sharma, police said.

The complaint was given by Sharma’s father, following which a case was registered under Sections 365 and 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), they said.

The AAP has, meanwhile, suspended its Tahir Hussain, party sources said.

The sources said Hussain has been suspended from the primary membership of the AAP till police probe is completed.

Speaking to reporters in the national capital, Hussain said, "I was the target and not the attacker. Just tell me one thing, will any rioter allow the police to enter his house if he is involved?"

His remarks came after a number of videos surfaced on social media, showing people allegedly throwing petrol bombs and stones from his rooftop. Following the surfacing of the videos, Delhi Police have sealed Hussain's house besides registering a case against him.

In one such video, Hussain is seen holding a wooden stick with smoke rising from his building. Admitting that he was seen in the video, he clarified that the video was of February 24.

"The rioters had entered my house after breaking the main door. I was trying to shoo them away using a lathi," he said, adding that he had even called the police but no one responded to his calls.

Hussain further said the police came to his house at 9 pm on Sunday. "Joint Commissioner Alok Kumar and DCP A.K. Singla came here. They searched my house in the presence of my neighbours, following which I left along with my family," he said, adding that when he returned on Tuesday morning, he found the situation has worsened. So he left again after speaking to the police.

Earlier in the day, IANS reached the roof of Hussain's house where stones and bottles, which appeared to be meant for petrol bombs, were found.

Hussain said the rioters barged into his house and he was only trying to protect it from them.

In a 41-second video clip posted on social media, Hussain could be seen making an appeal in what appears to be the middle of the rioting. — Agencies

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