Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan on Sunday (March 8) said the call recordings of suspended party leader Tahir Hussain, who was arrested on murder charges, show he had called police to rescue him during communal riots in northeast Delhi on February 24.
Khan claimed a conspiracy has been hatched to shield the culprits of the violence in the national capital that claimed at least 53 lives and injured over 200 people.
“Call recordings show Tahir Hussain had called police to rescue him from the violence-hit area on February 24 and he was rescued. Now, he is being projected as main perpetrator of Delhi violence. A conspiracy is being hatched to shield the culprits,” ANI quoted Khan as saying.
Tahir Hussain was arrested after a Delhi court rejected his surrender plea in connection with the alleged killing of Intelligence Bureau (IB) employee Ankit Sharma during the communal riots in the national capital.
Ankit Sharma, a security assistant at IB, had gone missing on February 25 and his body was found in a drain near his house the next day. His family had accused Hussain of instigating the mob that had allegedly killed Sharma.
BJP leader Kapil Mishra too had made similar allegations and said Hussain was seen in a video on the terrace of his house along with masked men who were carrying sticks. Hussain was constantly talking to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over phone, Mishra had alleged.
However, Hussain had claimed innocence and said he had shifted to a “safe place” in presence of police on February 24, a day before Sharma went missing.
(With inputs from agencies)