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Suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain Confesses His Role In Delhi Riots: Police

The former AAP councillor said he met former JNU student Umar Khalid at Popular Front of India (PFI) office in Shaheen Bagh on January 8.

New Delhi| Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor, according to an Interrogation Report (IR) by Delhi Police, has confessed about his role in the North East Delhi violence that erupted in late February and admitted that he has incited people to unleash violence.

The former AAP councillor said he met former JNU student Umar Khalid at Popular Front of India (PFI) office in Shaheen Bagh on January 8.

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

Khalid Saifi, one of Tahir Hussain’s acquaintance, 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 reportedly told 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 added.

The Delhi Police interrogation reveals that Tahir Hussain has admitted that he collected a lot of acid, petrol, diesel and stones on his roof.

“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.

Tahir Hussain, according to a charge sheet by Delhi Police, 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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