The political slugfest between the BJP and the AAP over its former corporate Tahir Hussain showed no signs of abating today as Aam Aadmi Party leaders Sanjay Singh and Amanatullah Khan defended Hussain against whom a murder case has been filed in connection with the death of Ankit Sharma, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) staffer whose body was found from a drain in northeast Delhi that has been worst-hit by violence over citizenship law protests.
Taking to Twitter, Singh slammed the BJP for shielding its leader Kapil Mishra whose alleged hate speech is said to be the trigger for the riots in the Capital. Khan too accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of framing Hussain to defame the AAP and save its own leaders.
Hussain on his part has denied the allegations against him, alleging that he was being framed.
Meanwhile, Shahrukh, the man photographed aiming a gun at a cop in Jafrabad during the violence that swept north-east Delhi starting Sunday, has not been arrested, sources in the Delhi Police said, four days after reports that he had been taken into custody.
The viral photo showed Shahrukh confronting the policeman after reportedly firing several rounds in the air. It was reported that the man was detained later in the evening and subsequently arrested but the sources said the hunt was still on for Shahrukh.
The Delhi Police has transferred northeast Delhi riots probe to the crime branch, and the cases will be probed by two Special Investigation Teams (SITs), said officials even as the number of deaths reached 38 on Thursday, with a majority of the — 34 — reported from Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) Hospital.
So far, the police have filed 48 FIRs in connection with the violence. The teams will be headed by Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) Joy Tirkey and Rajesh Deo. The teams will have four Assistant commissioners of Police-rank officers each and the probe will be supervised by Additional Commissioner of Police BK Singh.
In some relief for residents of riot-hit northeast Delhi, authorities relaxed Section 144 for 10 hours.