New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) The Delhi Police in its fresh charge sheet filed in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma during the Delhi riots has claimed that former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain was “leading the mob from his house and also from the Masjid near Chand Bagh Pulia giving it a communal colour” and that his location near “the spot where Ankit Sharma was brutally murdered on February 25 speaks of his evil intentions which ended with the murder.”
“Accused Tahir Hussain was leading the mob from his house and also from the Masjid near Chand Bagh Pulia on 24 & 25.02.2020 and gave it a communal colour. He instigated the Muslims against Hindus,” the charge sheet said, adding on his provocation, the uncontrolled mob turned into rioters and in the process, caught hold of Ankit Sharma and caused his death.
“The location of Tahir Hussain near Jama Masjid, Munga Nagar, Delhi on the spot where Ankit Sharma was brutally murdered by the rioters/accused persons on 25.02.2020 at about 5-5.30 p.m. speaks of his evil intentions which ended with the murder of a Hindu boy besides other cases of arson and loot,” it added.
The charge sheet was filed before the Karkardooma court’s Metropolitian Magistrate Richa Parihar who will take cognizance of the chargesheet on June 16.
Sharma, a young Intelligence Bureau employee, was found murdered on Feb 25 evening outside AAP leader Tahir Hussain’s house in North East Delhi’s Khajuri Khas area. “The post-mortem report of Ankit Sharma reveals 51 injuries caused by sharp and blunt objects,” the document running into 50 operative pages read.
The chargesheet naming 10 persons as accused, including Hussain, states that one Haseen alias Mullaji was “instrumental in the murder of Ankit” and that “he is the person who had assaulted Ankit Sharma with knife.”
During the interrogation, Haseen revealed on Feb 25, the day when Ankit died, came to Chand Bagh Pulia with his accomplices — Sameer, Nazim, Kasim, and Sabir — came to the Chand Bagh with a knife after he got angry upon hearing about the killing of a 4-year-old Muslim Boy.
“He further disclosed that he had stabbed Ankit Sharma a number of times with a knife which he was carrying. His accomplices also stabbed Ankit with knife and hit him with sticks and after killing him and threw his body in the drain,” the document said.
The police also recovered the weapon of offence, a blood-stained knife and the blood-stained clothes which he had worn at the time of incident. While probing the case, a person wearing red colour shirt is visible in a video footage along with 2 others throwing Ankit’s body into the drain.
The police said that one red colour shirt had been recovered from the accused Haseen at his instance which he had worn at the time of incident. One witness also identified Haseen after seeing his photograph and that he was involved in the IB staffer’s killing.
“In some phone calls which were intercepted by Special Cell, the accused Haseen @ Salman allegedly spoke about the murder of a person and disposing of his dead body in the ‘nala’ besides other details,” the police told the court through its voluminous document.
The police have stated that there is “sufficient evidence available” against Tahir, Hassan and others named in the charge sheet.
“They (accused persons) not only mobilized the mob into a group of rioters by way of provoking their religious feelings, but also provided them logistics support — lathis, ‘dandas’, stones, acid, knives, swords, firearms, pistols etc. for committing riots in the area and to eliminate the members of other community,” the Delhi Police said.
“It has been established beyond doubt that accused persons hatched a well- designed conspiracy and that they were already prepared and in mood to commit the riots to cause maximum damage to the other community. Accused Tahir Hussain, who was holding the post of Municipal Councillor, gathered the mob on the basis of religious sentiments, facilitated them with his rooftop of his building and provided other logistics support to cause maximum damage to the other community,” it added.
“The 51 injuries on the body of Ankit Sharma caused by sharp weapon as well as blunt object clearly indicate how the rioters brutally killed him in furtherance of a well-hatched conspiracy,” the police said.