Delhi riots: Police nabs gun-wielding Shahrukh, flip-flops on Tahir Hussain
Tahir Hussain and Shahrukh had become faces of Delhi riots for most of the television media.
A week after Mohammed Shahrukh was seen brandishing a gun in the middle of the street during the riots in northeast Delhi, the police have arrested him from Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district.
Addressing a press conference, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) A.K. Singhla said, “He (Shahrukh) was planning to flee from Shamli but was nabbed and later brought to Delhi.”
Delhi: Shahrukh (in chequered shirt), the man who had opened fire at police during violence in North East Delhi on 24th February brought to old Police Headquarters, ITO. He was arrested by Delhi Police Crime Branch from Uttar Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/Ww3sRThNPo— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2020
Shahrukh has been booked under charges for attempt to murder, among others. The police also said that the man, identified as Shahrukh Khan, told the interrogators that he had fired shots in a fit of rage after he saw incidents of stone pelting in the Jaffrabad-Maujpur area of northeast Delhi, which was one of the epicentres of the three-day riots over the Citizenship Amendment Act.
“We are trying to recover the pistol used by him during the violence. The pistol used was of good quality. He fired three rounds. He had gone alone to the protest,” Singhla said.
"He has been charged under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 186, 353 of IPC and Arms Act. Further sections will be added during the course of investigation if needed. We will try to get his maximum possible remand," he added.
Meanwhile Delhi police pulled off a massive flip-flop on whether they had "rescued" suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain "on the intervening night of 24th-25th".
At first Singla had said Hussain was indeed rescued that night from his lane when "some people had told them that some councillor is stuck and feeling insecure."
Then news agency ANI tweeted a clarification saying that "Delhi Police Sources now clarify that Tahir Hussain did not require rescuing; on the intervening night of 24-25 Feb, news of the Councillor being stuck was received by police, upon investigation it was found the Councillor was safe in his house."
CLARIFICATION: Delhi Police Sources now clarify that Tahir Hussain did not require rescuing; on the intervening night of 24-25 Feb, news of the councillor being stuck was received by police, upon investigation it was found the councillor was safe in his house. pic.twitter.com/8smMI8WWtm— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2020
But when Tahir was being blamed for the violence in Chand Bagh area, he had claimed that he had called the cops at night and demanded protection from anti-social elements using his house.
In the wake of the Delhi riots, Tahir and Shahrukh had become faces for television media to pin the blame of violence on. The communal violence in the national capital has left more than 45 people dead and over 200 injured.
The dead include Ankit Sharma, a resident of Khajuri Khas who worked for the Intelligence Bureau. Ankit went missing on February 24. His body was retrieved the next day from a drain not far from Tahir’s house. An FIR was registered against Tahir at the Dayalpur police station. He was booked for arson and murder. The AAP had immediately suspended him.