New Delhi: A day after coming in support of suspended party colleague Tahir Hussain, who is accused in the killing of IB staffer Ankit Sharma, AAP leader Amanatullah Khan alleged that call records prove Hussain was seeking to be rescued, not inciting violence on February 24 during the horrific communal riots in northeast Delhi. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: 22 Rebel Congress MLAs Join BJP, Day After Kamal Nath's Resignation as Chief Minister
“Call recordings show Tahir Hussain called police to rescue him from the violence-hit area on Feb 24 and he was rescued. Now, he is being projected as the main perpetrator of Delhi violence and a conspiracy is being hatched to shield culprits,” the AAP leader alleged. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: Kamal Nath Quits as CM, Says BJP 'Sabotaged' His Government; 'Self-Introspect,' Says Shivraj | Top 10 Points
Amanatullah Khan had earlier claimed that suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain was being held only because he is a Muslim. Also Read - MP Crisis: Shivraj Singh Chouhan Leaves After Meeting Kamal Nath
“Today, Tahir Hussain is being punished only because he is a Muslim. Perhaps the biggest crime today in India is to be Muslim. It may also be proved in the coming times that Tahir Hussain has committed the violence in Delhi,” Khan said in a tweet in Hindi.
Reacting to his comment, Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor demanded action against Amanatullah Khan in a letter to Saurabh Bhardwaj, chairman of the Assembly’s peace and harmony committee. BJP’s Kapil Mishra, who is himself facing allegations of inciting violence, also assailed Kapoor and sought to know if Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal felt the MLA’s view was also the AAP’s official party line.
Hussain was sent to 7-day police custody last evening for allegedly killing an IB officer, Ankit Sharma, during the horrific communal violence last week that erupted out of clashes between pro- and anti-CAA groups on February 23. A riot-like situation prevailed in several areas of northeast Delhi for over three days.