Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Tahir Hussain was removed from his party’s primary membership on Thursday night after being convicted of murder and arson in connection with the murder of Ankit Sharma, an employee of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) stabbed to death in one of the areas in northeast Delhi most affected by violence over protests over citizenship law.
Mr. Hussain will continue to be suspended until the allegations against him are investigated and he is cleared, added a tweet from Delhi’s ruling AAP.
Ankit Sharma, whose body was dumped in a drain near his home in Jafrabad, was reportedly attacked by a group on his way home on Tuesday and was stabbed to death. The post-mortem report, released Thursday, revealed multiple stab wounds in his body.
His father Ravinder Sharma, who is also an IB employee, allegedly killed his son by Mr. Hussain’s followers after the body was found on Wednesday. He further alleged that after being beaten, his son had been shot.
Allegations Mr. Hussain was implicated in Ankit Sharma’s death were also made today by BJP leader Kapil Mishra, whose pro-citizenship law rally in northeastern Delhi’s Maujpur has been connected with the violence that has scarred the national capital ever since.
“The killer is Hussain. In the video, he can be seen with the masked boys carrying sticks, stones, bullets and petrol bombs. He was constantly talking to Kejriwal and AAP leaders,” News agency ANI quoted Mr. Mishra, who has a background of incendiary comments.