New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan on Saturday came in support of murder convict and former party colleague Tahir Hussain saying that the suspended AAP councillor was being punished only because he was a Muslim. Also Read - AAP MLA Raghav Chadha Claims UP CM Yogi Adityanath Getting Migrants 'Thrashed'; Cops Register FIR
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. Also Read - Tahir Hussain Arrested And Remanded to 4-Day Police Custody in IB Staffer's Murder Case
However, AAP leader Amanatullah Khan was of the impression that his only fault in the entire episode was being “a Muslim”. Also Read - Don't Use 'My Lordship', 'My Lord' For me: Justice S Muralidhar to Punjab And Haryana High Court Lawyers
“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.
It must be noted that though Hussain is the main accused in the killing, the SIT probing the case has not received any vital information apart from the video that went viral across social media platforms.
Responding to the controversial tweet, BJP MLA Vijender Gupta asked if Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also felt the same way. “Wow, the politics of appeasement by AAP. My question is from Kejriwal if he agrees with his MLA,” Gupta tweeted in Hindi asking CM Kejriwal to inform Khan of the actions for which Hussain was being punished.
Tahir Hussain’s involvement caused immense controversy for the Kejriwal party that had been alleging the BJP’s involvement in the riots. Until yesterday, Hussain had denied any involvement in the riots or the killings and claimed that he was the “target”, and “not the attacker”. He also agreed to assist the police in conducting a probe into the case.
Ankit’s body was recovered from a drain in Jaffrabad area of northeast Delhi where the agitation began on February 23. The incident had come to light when a series of videos surfaced on social media, showing people allegedly throwing petrol bombs and stones from his rooftop. One such video also portrayed Hussain, who was seen holding a wooden stick with smoke rising from his building.