New Delhi: After being held under scanner, The Delhi Police on Thursday evening booked Aam Aadmi Party Councillor Tahir Hussain for his role in the murder of an Information Bureau staffer who died in the ongoing clashes in northeast Delhi. The Aam Aadmi Party subsequently removed him from the party. Also Read - IPL 2021: FIR Filed Against Two People After Bio-Bubble Breach in Delhi

An FIR was registered under Sections 365 (Kidnapping) and 302 (Punishment for murder) of the IPC at Dayalpur police station based on a complained filed by the father of the deceased staffer, Ankit Sharma. The kin has accused Hussain of killing their son whose body went missing on Tuesday and was found in a drain near his house in Chand Bagh the next day. Also Read - Oxygen Shortage: Delhi's Madhukar Rainbow Children Hospital Raises Alarm, AAP's Raghav Chadha Steps In

The police are conducting a search operation at several locations to nab the accused AAP leader. Earlier today, officials on probe even shut down and sealed Hussain’s house and factory, from where he and other miscreants allegedly hurled stones and bombs at others. Also Read - Delhi Man Rams Car Into Police Picket After Falling Asleep While Returning From Hospital, Kills Cop

However, Tahir Hussain had denied any involvement in the riots or the killings and claimed that he was the “target”, and “not the attacker”. He has agreed to assist the police in conducting a probe into the case.

“I was the target and not the attacker. Just tell me one thing, will any rioter allow the police to enter his house if he is involved,” he asked.

“The rioters had entered my house after breaking the main door. I was trying to shoo them away using a lathi,” he said, adding that the police did not respond to his calls.

His remarks come after a series of videos surfaced on social media, showing people allegedly throwing petrol bombs and stones from his rooftop. In one such video, Hussain is seen holding a wooden stick with smoke rising from his building. While he admitted that it was him in the video, he defended himself saying the video was dated February 24.

Breaking silence on the matter, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, earlier today responded to the allegations of the AAP leader and said, “No one, be it any party, should be spared if they are responsible for inciting violence. Even if he is a part of my Cabinet, he should be punished. If anyone from AAP is found guilty, they should get double the punishment.”

Tahir Hussain has been suspended from the primary membership of party till completion of the probe.