Tahir Hussain admits to carrying northeast Delhi riots
New Delhi : Suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain has admitted to masterminding the northeast Delhi riots held in February, said Special Investigation Team (STF) of Delhi Police.
The police has said that the suspended leader claimed that he wanted to teach a lesson to Hindus over CAA using his political power and money. He has told police that he was the mastermind of whole riots.
As per the police officials, Tahir used support from Khalid Saifi, former JNU student Umar Khalid, Ishrat Jahan and Popular Front of India (PFI) member Danish.
He also told the cops that he was angered with the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, SC ruling in favour of Ram Temple and passing of CAA.
According to his statements to the police, on January 8, Khalid Saifi arranged his meeting with former JNU student Umar Khalid at PFI office in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh. Khalid told him that he is ready to sacrifice his life for his community and fight against Hindus. It was at the same time, when Khalid Saifi told Tahir that PFI member Danish will provide all financial assistance needed in the 'war against Hindus'.
The trio then planned massive riots in the national capital to force Central government to roll back CAA. Saifi, along with his friend Ishrat Jahan, staged anti-CAA demonstration along the lines of Shaheen Bagh at Khureji, which gradually spread to different parts of Delhi.
Tahir said that on the advice of Umar Khalid, he stocked large quantities of acid, bricks, stones, petrol, diesel etc on the roof of his house. He informed that he had also collected his licensed pistol, which was deposited with police, to use during the riots.
He also mentioned that it was done in a manner that people of their community are not harmed in the violence. He also ensured that all CCTV cameras were pulled out so that the police did not get any evidence.