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AAP councillor charged with murder, arson, rioting; Javed Akhtar says name Tahir ‘incidental’

Noted lyricist Javed Akhtar has reacted to the charges against AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, questioning Delhi Police's style of functioning

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A case of murder, arson and violence has been registered against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain and unknown people. A case has been registered against these people at the Dayalpur police station.

The crime branch will investigate the role of Tahir Hussain and gang in the riots and murders while two separate special investigation teams (SIT) have been instituted to probe into the overall riots in Delhi.

Before this, Delhi Police sealed Tahir Hussain’s house. His house has a factory inside.

The AAP councillor is accused of instigating and participating in a riot in Delhi. The family of Intelligence Bureau security assistant Ankit Sharma, whom rioters murdered, has accused Hussain of killing him.

Hussain is facing a further charge that miscreants threw stones and hurled petrol bombs at people from his Chand Bagh home on 25 February.

The AAP councillor continues to deny the charges, but now videos have surfaced showing a lot of stones and petrol bombs on the roof of his house and rioters hurling them as projectiles on people in the streets from that roof.

Hussain has been away from his house since the time he was accused of rioting and murder. He had initially claimed the house in the videos was not his and that he was away at the time of the incident. He alleged that BJP leaders were plotting to discredit him, but his denials and counter-accusations no longer impress the police.

The AAP councillor, while talking to NDTV, later admitted that he was seen with a stick in his hand in one of the videos of his house. Hussain told the anti-Hindu news channel, however, that this was a video of 24 February.

Hussain tried to excuse himself by claiming that a riotous mob had gathered in front of his house. He said he had tried to call the police but the police did not come. He claimed further that he had wielded the stick to scare away the mob.

Javed Akhtar sympathises with accused AAP councillor

Noted lyricist Javed Akhtar has reacted to the charges against the AAP councillor. Javed Akhtar has questioned the way the Delhi Police works. Javed Akhtar wondered why when so many people have been killed, so many injured, so many houses burned, so many shops looted and so many people turned destitute, police have sealed only one house and are looking for his owner.

“Incidentally,” Akhtar wrote, “his name is Tahir.” He ended the comment with a sarcastic “Hats off to the consistency of the Delhi police”.

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