Suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussian. (Photo Credit: File photo)
The Delhi Police on Saturday detained three people in connection with the Delhi violence, officials said, adding that one of them is being interrogated for hiding suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain. The arrested people are Tarik Rizwi, Liaqat and Riyasat. The AAP councillor is under police custody in connection with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Ankit Sharma murder case. The police have filed 690 cases and detained or arrested 2,193 people so far in connection with the violence in northeast Delhi.
On Friday, a Delhi court sent Hussain to 7-day police custody. Duty Magistrate Rakesh Kumar passed the order after Hussain was produced before him by Delhi Police which said that his custodial interrogation was required to unearth larger conspiracy, Hussain's advocate Mukesh Kalia said.
Hussain was produced before the duty magistrate amid tight security late in the evening and neither the media nor any lawyer, other than those connected with the case, was allowed inside the courtroom.
Hussain was arrested on Thursday after a court here dismissed his plea seeking to surrender before it in connection with the case. The court rejected his plea saying that the relief sought by him was outside its jurisdiction.
Hussain moved the surrender application before the court saying that he was willing to join the investigation and wanted to surrender in the case. Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had then suspended him for alleged involvement in the violence which has left at least 42 people dead and around 200 injured.
The family of Sharma (26), who was found dead in a drain near his home in northeast Delhi's riot-hit Chand Bagh area, has accused Hussain of being behind the killing.
On the complaint of Sharma's father, the police registered an FIR against Hussain, who has rejected the charge. Communal clashes had broken out in northeast Delhi four days ago after violence between anti-and-pro-Citizenship (Amendment) Act groups spiralled out of control. Frenzied mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at local residents and police personnel.
(With PTI inputs)