Suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain
NEW DELHI: The call location of suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain near Jama Masjid, Munga Nagar, in north-east Delhi where Intelligence Bureau official Ankit Sharma was brutally killed by the rioters on February 25, spoke of “his evil intentions which ended with the murder of a Hindu boy besides other cases of arson and loot,” said the chargesheet filed by Delhi police in a court here on Wednesday.
It said Sharma was allegedly dragged, stabbed multiple times and then thrown in a drain by rioters, police said in its charge sheet which names Hussain as one of the alleged conspirators in the communal violence in north east Delhi in February.
The autopsy report, police said revealed that Sharma was inflicted 51 sharp injuries on his body.
The charge sheet further added that “Tahir Hussain, in the intervening night of February 24-25, had removed his family and shifted them to his parental house at Mustafabad but he rather kept staying there so that he could keep an eye on the whole situation and stand with the Muslims against the Hindus on the next day.”
“Accused Tahir Hussain was leading the mob from his house and also from the Masjid near Chand Bagh Pulia on February 24 and 25 and gave it a communal colour. He provoked and instigated the Muslims against Hindus saying that Hindu people have killed a number of Muslims and has set fire in their shops at Sherpur Chowk and let no Hindu go scot free. On his provocation/ instigation, the Muslims turned violent and volatile on February 24 and 25 and started burning the shops and pelting stones and petrol bombs on Hindus people and also targeted their houses.
“The uncontrolled mob turned into rioters and in the process of rioting caught hold of Ankit Sharma and dragged him to Chand Bagh Pauli and caused his death by inflicting injuries using sharp blunt objects and threw his dead body in a nulla (sewage).
“The shops and a few houses adjoining to Tahir Hussain’s house had been burnt. No damage had been caused by the rioters to Tahir’s house and none of his family members had sustained injuries. From the circumstances, it seemed that the accused persons/ rioters were known to Tahir Hussain and Tahir was present with the rioters at his house and he had deliberately made PCR calls to save his skin from legal complications in future,” the charge sheet said.
The 50-page charge sheet filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Richa Parihar said that one of the accused Salman was allegedly instrumental in Sharma’s murder.
“An accused Haseen alias Salman was instrumental in the murder of Ankit. He is the person who had assaulted him with a knife. During his interrogation, he revealed that he had heard about the killing of a 4 years old Muslim Boy by a Hindu, he became angry and took a knife and along with his accomplices, Sameer, Kasim, Sabir and others came to Chand Bagh Pulia on February 25,” the police said.
The charge sheet said that “Salman further disclosed that he had stabbed Ankit Sharma a number of times with a knife which he was carrying. His accomplices also stabbed with knife and hit him with dandas and after killing him, threw his dead body in the nala.”
During the course of investigation, a person wearing a red colour shirt is visible in the video footage along with 2 other persons and they are throwing the body of Ankit Sharma in the drain near Chand Bagh Pulia, it said.
“Though the faces of the persons throwing the body of Ankit Sharma in the nala are not clear and visible in the footage, which had been captured about 300 metres away from Chand Bagh Pulia by one Neeraj Kasana.
“It is important to mention here that one red colour shirt had been recovered from the accused Haseen at his instance which he had worn at the time of incident. Further, the accused Haseen had disclosed that he along with his associates and others had thrown the body of Ankit Sharma in the drain after killing him.
“All these circumstances shows that the accused Haseen alias Salman is the same person who is appearing in the footage with red colour shirt in the nala near Chand Bagh Pulia, Main Karawal Nagar Road, Delhi at the time of dumping the body of Ankit Sharma,” the final report said.
During police custody remand, the weapon of offence, i.e., blood stained knife and the blood stained clothes of the accused worn at the time of incident were recovered at his instance from his house, it said.
The recovered knife and the clothes of the accused have been sent to FSL, Rohini for comparison with the blood of the deceased and the report is still awaited, it said.
The chargesheet names ten persons as accused — Hussain, Anas, Firoj, Javed, Gulfam, Shoaib Alam, Salman, Nazeem, Kasim, Sameer Khan for the murder of Sharma.
Two of the accused persons — Sabir and Musa– are absconding at present.