NEW DELHI: Tahir Hussain, the Municipal Councilor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has been suspended by the ruling Delhi party till the probe against him is done. Hussain has been accused of being involved in the Delhi riots and has also been booked in the murder case of Ankit Sharma, an Intelligence Bureau officer.
Announcing his suspension in a tweet, the AAP wrote, "Tahir Hussain has been suspended from the Aam Aadmi Party for the duration of the probe against him in connection with the Delhi violence."
दिल्ली हिंसा मामले में पार्षद ताहिर हुसैन को जाँच पूरी होने तक आम आदमी पार्टी से निलंबित कर दिया है।— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) February 27, 2020
Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal when asked about the charges on his party councilor, said that if any AAP member is involved then the punishment should be doubled. In his statement, he said, "Any person found guilty should be given strict punishment. If any Aam Aadmi Party member is found guilty, he or she should be given double the punishment."
The case was registered against Hussain in the murder of the 26-year-old IB officer after his family complaint against the politician.
Ankit Sharma's body was recovered from a sewer in Jafrabad on Wednesday and according to the autopsy report, the officer was brutally stabbed by to death. His father said that it was Hussain's supporters who killed him.
Even the people in the neighborhood alleged that Hussain has taken an active part in the horrific Delhi violence. Besides, a number of petrol bomb bottles and acid pouches was recovered from his house in Chand Bagh. Also, stones were scattered inside the house as well as at the rooftop.
A number of videos went viral on social media that showed a man, who looked like Hussain, actively particpating in the ongoing riots whereas his house came under the scanner when a video showed that it was his house from where the officer's body was thrown into the dumpyard.