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Suspended AAP councillor booked under UAPA in Delhi riots case


The Delhi Police has booked suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for his alleged role in the communal riots that broke out in Delhi in February.

Nearly 50 people were killed and hundreds injured in the communal riots that broke out in North East Delhi.

Following the Delhi riots, Tahir Hussain was arrested from the Chand Bagh area. He was charged with the murder of Intelligence Bureau staffer Ankit Sharma, who was reportedly killed near Tahir Hussain’s home.

Tahir Hussain has been booked under sections 365 (kidnapping), 302 (murder), 201 (disappearance of evidence or giving false information) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the case of alleged murder of the IB official.

Following these developments, the Aam Aadmi Party had suspended Tahir Hussain for alleged involvement in the violence which has left at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

The family of Ankit Sharma (26), who was found dead in a drain near Tahir Hussain’s home in riot-hit Chand Bagh area, has accused Hussain of being behind the killing. On the complaint of Sharma’s father, the police registered an FIR against Hussain.

Tahir Hussain has rejected the charge.

Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after violence between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiralled out of control. Frenzied mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump, and pelted stones at residents and police personnel.

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