New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested five more persons in connection with the killing of Intelligence Bureau (IB) staffer Ankit Sharma during last month’s communal violence in northeast Delhi. Also Read - Delhi Violence: IB Staffer Ankit Sharma Killed to 'Send Across Message', Probe Indicates

The five accused were identified as Firoz, Javed, Gulfam, Shoaib and Anas. This took the number of arrests in the case to seven. Earlier, a youth named Hasin alias Salman was arrested in connection with the killing; he was on Friday sent to four-day custody of the Crime Branch by the Karkardooma court. Also Read - 'He Immediately Rushed to Akhlaq, But Has no Time For Slain IB Official Ankit Sharma': Kapil Mishra Fires Fresh Salvo at Kejriwal

Before that, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain too was arrested over the murder. It was in his house that the IB staffer was reported to have been killed. Hussain, who was suspended by his party after his name cropped up, had been absconding for several days before he was finally arrested. Also Read - Delhi Violence: IB Officer Ankit Sharma’s Post-mortem Report Reveals Multiple Stabbing Wounds

Notably, Ankit Sharma was found dead in Chand Bagh, one of the areas of the capital which witnessed riots, on February 26. His body was retrieved from a drain. His postmortem report has revealed 51 injury marks on his body, of which 12 were knife-inflicted.

A total of 53 people, including Sharma, were killed in the violence, Delhi’s worst in nearly forty years. It began as a clash between pro- and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters on February 23 but turned communal a day later and continued for a third day, i.e February 25 as well.

The situation was brought under control only after National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval was pressed in action.