In connection with the Delhi Anti-Hindu Riots of 2020, a Delhi court has filed charges against former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain. Tahir Hussain was an active participant in the disturbances, not a mute spectator, according to the Court.
It was hearing a petition filed by a man named Karan, whose godown in the Khajuri Khas area of Chand Bagh was destroyed by a ferocious mob led by Tahir Hussain.
Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat stated that there was a prima facie agreement between all of them to commit vandalism and arson at Hindu community premises from Tahir Hussain’s building, and that detailed preparations had been made to fulfil the goal of the agreement or conspiracy.
The accused have been charged under sections 120B, 147, 148, 427, 435, 436, 395, and 149 of the Indian Penal Code. Tahir Hussain may face additional charges under sections 109 and 114 of the Indian Penal Code.
In addition to Hussain, five other people have been charged: Anas, Firoz, Javed, Gulfam, and Shoaib Alam.The prosecution claimed that the accused conspired to create riots in the Khajuri Khas area, specifically targeting members of the Hindu community and their property, in order to achieve the conspiracy’s goal.
They were accused of forming an unauthorised assembly on February 25, 2020, led by accused Tahir Hussain, that destroyed and set burned a godown owned by complainant Karan.
“The above-referenced circumstances nowhere indicate that it was a spontaneous act, but clearly reveal that the accused herein agreed to commit vandalism and arson in Hindu community properties from the building E-17 belonging to accused Tahir Hussain, and elaborate preparations had been made to fulfil the object of the agreement/conspiracy,” the judge said.
The crime scene was discovered to be roughly 50-60 metres away from the building owned by accused Tahir Hussain. On the main Karawal Nagar Road, some residue or remains of the debris, as well as stones, bricks, shattered bottles, and burning objects, were allegedly discovered.
According to the prosecution, Tahir Hussain, the area’s Municipal Councillor, was leading the riotous mob from his home as well as the mosque near Chand Bagh Pulia.
The Judge observed that claiming that the smaller conspiracy alleged in the current case, the object of which was to cause destruction and arson of Hindu properties in the Khajuri Khas area, including a godown owned by the complainant Karan, was the same as the larger conspiracy forming the subject matter of the case FIR No. 59/2020, would be absurd and utterly ridiculous.
In a disclosure statement, Tahir Hussain admitted to using his own home as a launchpad for the riots. It was simple to collect stones and bricks without raising suspicion because his dwelling was a high-rise structure that was under construction at the time.
He admitted that he and his accomplices began gathering stones, bricks, and other ammunition months in advance in order to teach those who supported the CAA a lesson when the time came. He had also gotten his licenced weapon discharged from the police station 2-3 days before the riots broke out.
While preparing for the riots and gathering ammunition to teach Hindus a lesson, Tahir Hussain said he had told his supporters to be “ready for anything and in any manner” and to make sure that all CCTV cameras in the area, both private and government-owned, were broken so that no evidence of the riots could be captured.