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Delhi riots: Tahir Hussain confesses his role in riots; ‘Wanted to teach Hindus a lesson’

New Delhi: Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain has confessed about his role in the North East Delhi riots that broke out in February this year. During the ocurse of interrogation, the Delhi Police was told that he ” wanted to teach Hindus a lesson” using his political power and money.

Hussain was the mastermind behind the North East Delhi riots.

Hussain admitted to the police that he met Khalid Shah of United Against Hate and they both conspired to organise protests across several parts of Delhi. He claimed that Muslims were resented after CAA was enacted.

“Khalid Saifi, along with his friend Ishrat Jahan, first started a dharna demonstration in Khureji on the lines of Shaheen Bagh. On February 4, in Abu Fazal Enclave, I met Khalid Saifi for planning the riots,” Hussain told the police during interrogation, ANI reported.

“On February 4, in Abu Fazal Enclave, I met Khalid Saifi for planning the riots. It was decided to provoke people sitting on the anti-CAA strike. Khalif Saifi said that something big has to be done at the time of Donald Trump’s visit so that the government kneel,” he said.

“On February 24, according to our plan, I have called several people and told me how to throw stones, petrol bombs, and acid bottles from my roof. I had shifted my family to another place. On 24 February 2020, at about 1:30 pm we started throwing stones,” Hussain told police.

The ex-AAP councillor is also the prime accused in the killing of IB staffer Ankit Sharma on February 26.

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