Tahir Hussain confesses role in Delhi riots; says 'wanted to teach Hindus a lesson'
First Published 3, Aug 2020, 7:09 PM
New Delhi: AAP's suspended councillor Tahir Hussain has made several confessions about his role in the Delhi riots. In a police investigation, he has said that he “wanted to teach Hindus a lesson” and hence he instigated people for violence. He had in a planned manner arranged and kept petrol, diesel, and kerosene on the terrace of his house.
There were several demonstrations in Delhi in February against the new citizenship law. The demonstrations led to violence. The violence led to the killing of 50 people. The Delhi Police had arrested Hussain for instigating violence and for his alleged role in the murder of IB officer Ankit Sharma.
In a police investigation, Hussain has revealed several shocking details. He said that he wanted to do something big during US President Donald Trump’s visit. According to the Delhi Police, Hussain has admitted that he wanted to “teach Hindus a lesson on the strength of money and political power”. Hussain has also accepted that he was the mastermind behind the violence that spread in northeast Delhi.
Hussain told that he had met JNU alumnus Umar Khalid at the office of Popular Front of India (PFI) in Shaheen Bagh on January 8. According to the Delhi Police, Hussain's job was to collect glass bottles, petrol, acid, stones and keep them on his house’s terrace. At the same time, another accused Khalid Saifi's work was to gather as many people for the anti-CAA demonstrations.
Hussain told the Delhi Police that he had accumulated a large amount of acid, petrol, diesel, and stones on the terrace of his house. Before riots he had taken his pistol from the police station. He also said that before riots he had called many people and instructed them about how to throw stones, petrol bombs and acid bottles. According to this plan, he first shifted his family. Then at around 1.30 pm on February 24, he started pelting stones.
According to this plan, he first shifted his family. Then at around 1.30 pm on February 24, he started pelting stones.
Hussain revealed that during Trump's visit to India, people were provoked to take to the streets against the citizenship law. This information was given to him by Saifi. It was Khalid who asked Hussain to arrange for acid, which was to be thrown at the “infidels” and policemen.