Under interrogation, Tahir Hussain reveals where he had fled to evade police custody
In a riveting development to the Delhi Riots case, suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain has now revealed, under interrogation, his whereabouts during the period he was absconding. Hussain is being investigated on charges of murder of Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Ankit Sharma.
On being interrogated, the former AAP leader said that he had fled to Nehru Vihar in Mustafabad and then stayed in Okhla for two days before he came out to surrender in court. Hussain said that he had switched off his phone and was using another phone number to make calls. However, the police have not found either of the two phones that he was using.
According to sources at the Delhi Police Crime Branch, three people in Mustafabad helped Tahir Hussain while he was on the run. When the raids were conducted in Mustafabad to catch the politico, he went to Zakir Nagar and stayed at a known acquaintance's house.
It is being said that the Crime Branch will now investigate the four persons who helped Hussain when he was evading the police. They will soon be called in for enquiries, Delhi Police sources said.
Tahir will be taken to his residence where the police had recovered stones and petrol bombs. The police are on the lookout for his brother, Shah Alam and others who were alleged to be with him on the day of riots.
He is not fully cooperating with the police in the investigation, sources said. Three FIRs have been filed against Tahir and he had been absconding for almost a week. He has been also accused of attempt to murder and of inciting the mob to indulge in violence and riots.
Delhi's Kardooma Court on Friday sent suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain to 7-day police custody in connection with IB officer Ankit Sharma's murder case in the recent communal riots that took place in the national capital.
He was arrested by the Delhi Police on Thursday immediately after the dismissal of his surrender application by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Vishal Pahuja. On the same day, Kardooma Court rejected Sharma's anticipatory bail plea observing that no one appeared from his side.
Hussain has also been named in two more cases of violence in Delhi although he has not been made accused in them. The FIRs are registered at Dayalpur and Khajoori Khas police stations in connection with the violence in these areas.
Ankit Sharma, a 26-year-old IB staffer was brutally stabbed to death multiple times by unidentified people, and his body was found in a drain near his home in the Chand Bagh area during the Delhi riots.
The autopsy report states: "Multiple abrasion.. deep cut.. by sharp edge objects." The panel of doctors, who carried out post mortem, has clearly stated that he was brutally and repeatedly stabbed, leading to his death.
His family had accused Hussain and his associates of being involved in the killing. Sharma's father also alleged that he had also sheltered a large group of men in his house who were pelting stones and petrol bombs in the area during the riots.
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