Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Tahir Hussain was suspended from his party’s primary membership on Thursday night after being charged with murder and arson in connection with the death of Ankit Sharma, an employee of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) found dead 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 found in a drain near his home in Jafrabad, was reportedly attacked by a mob on his way home on Tuesday and was stabbed to death. The post-mortem report, released Thursday, showed multiple stab wounds throughout his body.
His father Ravinder Sharma, who is also an employee of the IB, allegedly supporters of Mr. Hussain had killed his son after the body was found on Wednesday.
Allegations Mr. Hussain was involved 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 linked to the violence that has scarred the national capital ever since.
“The killer is Hussain. The masked boys carrying sticks, bricks, bullets and petrol bombs can be seen in the video. He was constantly talking to Kejriwal and AAP members,” Mr. Mishra, who has a history of incendiary remarks, was quoted by ANI news agency.