Tahir Hussain led Muslim mob against the "other community" , observes Court

22nd August 2020

22nd August 2020

Accused Tahir Hussain, in the background his house, scene of crime

Delhi riots mastermind Tahir Hussain has been deemed by a Delhi court to have provoked Muslims to turn violent against Hindus and caused the Delhi riots of February this year which left 59 people killed.

Metropolitan magistrate Purushottam Pathak opined: “I am of the opinion that there is sufficient material on record to take cognizance of the offences alleged to have been committed by accused persons.”

Delhi police, it must be remembered, had filed a charge sheet against Tahir Hussain who was a councillor with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) but was removed after his involvement in the riots came to light. The charge sheet, besides detailing the confession of Tahir Hussain as being the mastermind behind the riots, also implicate him in the brutal murder of IB official Ankit Sharma during the anti-Hindu riots.

The court, further, has issued a production warrant against Tahir Hussain and his accomplices and asked Delhi police to produce them on August 28 through video conference.

However, the police have informed that they are yet to obtain a sanction to charge Hussain and other co-accused in the case from the authorities concerned as required in a separate sedition case.

The court observed that Delhi riots took place in a “planned manner” and reflected a “well-hatched conspiracy.” The court believed that the riots were allegedly abetted by Tahir Hussain who was the leader of the mob.

“Accused Tahir Hussain also facilitated them to the rooftop of his building and provided other logistics support with a view that large scale riots thereby causing the resultant loss to life and the property of the other community.”

The court observed that prima facie the accused Tahir Hussain was leading the mob from his house and also from the Masjid near Chand Bagh Pulia on February 24 and 25. He was instrumental for the gathering of the unlawful assembly in conspiracy with accused persons namely Haseen, Nazim, Kasim, Sameer Khan, Anas, Firoj, Javed, Gulfam and Shoaib Alam, having common intention and unlawful object, the court said.

“He provoked and instigated his community against the other community with a view to promote enmity on the grounds of religion between Hindus and Muslims claiming that Hindu people have killed a number of Muslims and have set their shops on fire at Sherpur Chowk and they should not let any Hindu go scot free.

“On his provocation/instigation, the Muslims turned violent and became volatile on 24.02.2020 and 25.02.2020 and started burning ships and pelting stones and petrol bombs on Hindu community and also targeted their houses situated in that locality.

“Thereupon, the uncontrolled mob turned into rioters and in process of rioting, caught hold of Ankit Sharma and dragged him to Chand Bagh Pulia and caused his death by inflicting multiple injuries using sharp objects/weapons in a brutal manner and with a view to conceal evidence, all of them in furtherance of their common intention, threw his dead body in the drain”, said the Court.

In the Delhi police charge sheet, Tahir Hussain is said to have met Umar Khalid and Khalid Saifi of “India Against Hate” group and hatched a plan on January 8. This meeting took place at Shaheen Bagh where the anti-CAA protests were ongoing.

The charge sheet further claims that Tahir Hussain received illegal funds from shell companies to organize riots. In his disclosure statement, Tahir Hussain has detailed how he organized the riots against Hindus. He has also allegedly confessed to have organized a mob of thousands of Muslims to gather in the Chand Bagh area to carry out the riots.

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