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Suspended AAP Leader Tahir Hussain Faces Imminent Arrest in Riots Case

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With a Delhi court rejecting his plea to surrender, suspended Aam Aadmi Party leader Tahir Hussain, who is accused of murder, rioting, and arson, is facing an imminent arrest by Delhi police. Hussain appeared before the Delhi court on Thursday for the hearing, but the court refused to accept his request. Subsequently, he was taken away by the Delhi police, but a formal arrest is yet to be made.

Notably, Hussain has been booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code after the body of intelligence officer Ankit Sharma was recovered last week from a drain in northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad, one of the worst-hit areas in the violence over the citizenship law. The police has claimed that he was absconding since his name cropped up in the case.

Ankit Sharma, 26, who worked as a Security Assistant with the Intelligence Bureau, had gone missing and his family had said he was picked up by a mob on his way home from work. His body, bearing multiple stab wounds, was later recovered from a drain. Ankit’s father, Ravinder Sharma, who also works with the Intelligence Bureau, had accused Hussain of the murder.

The allegation against Hussain was supported by the BJP’s Kapil Mishra, whose rally in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act was allegedly linked to the beginning of the violence on February 23. After Hussain’s name cropped up in the violence, he was suspended from the primary membership of AAP.

Refuting the allegations, Hussain said he and his family were victims of the violence and not its perpetrators. In a video, he said, he and his family had gone to a “safe place in presence of police on February 24″ and did not return home after that.

His claims were initially confirmed by the police, with the additional commissioner of police Ajit Singla claiming that he and his team had rescued the politician following an SOS call. However, the police later took a U-turn from what Singla had said.