AAP leader accused in IB officer’s killing in Delhi defends himself in video
The family members of Intelligence Bureau (IB) staffer Ankit Sharma have accused Tahir Hussain, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councilor from Nehru Vihar, of plotting his death at the hands of the mob during violence in Northeast Delhi.
“The mob that snatched and killed my brother was operating from Hussain’s house. A mob was pelting stones from the terrace of that building,” Sharma’s brother Ankur said.
Ankit Sharma, whose dead body was recovered from a drain near his residence in Jaffrabad, was allegedly assaulted by a mob and thrashed to death on Tuesday.
After his body recovered, his father Ravinder Sharma alleged that supporters of Tahir Hussain had killed his son. He further claimed that his son had been shot after his was thrashed, the body has been sent for a post-mortem.
“Ankit went at the site (Chand Bagh) where stone-pelting was taking place. Around 15-20 people came from Tahir’s building and dragged 5-6 people inside the building. They also fired at other people who tried to save those taken inside the building,” his father said.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra took to Twitter and demanded Hussain’s arrest, sharing a video that showed rioters pelting stones and petrol bombs from the roof of a house that Mishra and local residents said belongs to the leader.
In the video clip, huge plumes of smoke seems to be rising from below the same building, suggesting Hussain’s house too may have been under attack.
In a tweet, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called Sharma’s death a “tragic loss of life”.