On Monday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has released a statement informing about the arrest of radical Islamist and former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA).
As per the press release, Tahir Hussain has been remanded to the custody of the Enforcement Directorate for a period of 6 days by the Karkardooma Court in Delhi for his role in money laundering and funding the Anti-CAA protests and Delhi Anti-Hindu riots. The investigation is conducted by the ED under the PMLA on the basis of First Information Reports (FIRs) that have been filed by the Delhi Police, Crime Branch, and Dayalpur Police Station.
The FIRs had pressed charges against Tahir Hussain under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 385 (creating fear for extortion), which are cognizable offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Tahir Hussain, former Aam Admi Party Councillor, Delhi has been arrested & remanded to ED custody for 6 days for his involvement in funding of anti-CAA protests/riots.
— ED (@dir_ed) August 31, 2020
Tahir Hussain transferred funds from his companies to fuel riots
The ED in its statement has revealed that Tahir Hussain had transferred large sums of money to fraudulent operators via companies that are either owned or controlled by him and his relatives. The operators had then returned the funds to him in cash, which was then utilised to fuel violence during the Anti-Hindu riots of Delhi in February this year. Moreover, a probe into his companies by the ED has unearthed money laundering scam by Hussain in the past.
ED recovers fake invoices; grills Hussain in jail
In its statement, the Enforcement Directorate has informed that on June 23 they conducted raids at several residential and business holdings of the former AAP councillor and his associates in Delhi, Noida and Greater Noida. During the search, the central investigative agency recovered ‘incriminating documents’ and evidence including fake invoices. According to the ED, the fake invoices were used to transfer money fraudulently. Recently, Hussain has been questioned in Tihar jail by the ED while he was in the custody of the Delhi Police.
Delhi riots : Tahir Hussain grilled by ED over funding of anti-CAA protests, violence
August 18, 2020
The former AAP leader Tahir Hussain, who is also a prime accused in the gruesome anti-Hindu riots that erupted in the national capital early this year, has been subjected to questioning by the Enforcement Directorate.
According to an exclusive report published by Times Now, Hussain was put through the winger to determine the funding aspect of the Delhi riots. A probe is also initiated to ascertain any link between the Nizamuddin Markaz row with the Delhi riots.
The Enforcement Directorate has filed a case under Money Laundering Act against Tahir Hussain for his involvement in the Delhi riots. The report by Times Now cites ED sources to allege that Hussain had floated several shell companies to transfer Rs 1.02 crore to those who were carrying out anti-CAA protests from December 2019 to February 2020 and also to rioters.
Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate had also raided locations and residences of Tahir Hussain before approaching the court to issue a production warrant against the former AAP councillor. Apart from Hussain, another Delhi riots accused, Faizal Farooq is also under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate. The agency suspects that he was fronting properties for several individuals and actively financed riots in Delhi in February 2020 in which 53 people were killed.
Tahir Hussain confesses that he had planned the Delhi riots to teach Hindus a lesson
August 3, 2020
Weeks after OpIndia had exclusively reported the statement of Ex-Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain confessing his involvement in the Delhi riots in February this year, the same has been confirmed by Delhi police. According to reports, police have informed that Tahil Hussain has admitted during the interrogation that he is the mastermind of the Anti-Hindu Delhi Riots of February 2020. In his statement to Delhi Police he said that when he became Aam Aadmi Party’s councillor in 2017, he wanted to teach Hindus a lesson using his political position and money. According to the official confession, he got support from Khalid Saifi and Popular Front of India (PFI).
Tahir Hussain and Khalid Saifi planned the riots
Tahir Hussain in his confession during the interrogation of Delhi Police, said that Khalid Saifi, who is very close to him, planned the riots with him. He once told him that his political position and money should be used against Hindus and for the community. He promised Saifi that he will always be ready to take any step. After the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Ram Lalla Virajman and the Indian government passed Citizen Amendment Act tabled by Home Minister Amit Shah, Tahir and Khalid met and decided that this is time they have to act.
PFI provided space and money to formulate a plan for the riots
In his confession, Tahir Hussain said that Khalid Saifi introduced him to Umar Khalid, ex-student of JNU at PFI office in Shaheen Bagh. He alleged that Umar Khalid told him that he is ready to die. Saifi promised Hussain that Danish, member of PFI, will help him financially in the war against Hindus. They made the plan in PFI office that they will do something big in Delhi that will shake the roots of the central government and it will be forced to take back CAA. Khalid Saifi took the responsibility to provoke people to a level that they come out on the streets.
According to Delhi police, Tahir Hussain has confessed that he had collected empty liquor and cold drink bottles from scrap dealers, and as construction was going on at his house, collecting bricks and stones without arousing doubt was not an issue. He also collected petrol and diesel by filling the tanks of vehicles full, which was transferred to containers at his house. Tahir also said that Umar had also asked him to collect acid, and accordingly, he had stocked large quantities of acid, bricks, stones, petrol, diesel etc on the roof of his house. Umar had planned to use them to attack people during US President Trump’s India visit. Tahir Hussain informed that he also collected his licensed pistol, which was deposited with police, to use during the riots.
What does the charge sheet against Tahir Hussain says
The charge sheet pertaining to FIR 114 states that Tahir played a vital role in burning several Hindu shops in the Khajuri Khas area along with his accomplices. During the investigation, police found out that he had instigated a mob during the riots of 24th and 25th February 2020 saying that Hindus have killed many Muslims and had set their shops on fire on the Sherpur Chowk. The charge sheet says, “Only 64 live cartridges and 22 empty cartridges were recovered at his instance. During interrogation, he could not give an account of the remaining 14 live cartridges and 22 empty/fired cartridges, when and where the same were fired/used.”
OpIndia’s detailed report on the chronology of the event that led up to the riots is now available on Kindle. It has a comprehensive account of the loss of life and property in riots and how Hindus were targeted.
Delhi Riots : Delhi Court junks bail plea of Tahir Hussain
July 13, 2020
On the 9th of July, Delhi’s Karkardooma Court had reserved the order in the bail plea application of AAP leader Tahir Hussain in the case of the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma, who was killed by a mob led by Hussain during the anti-Hindu Delhi riots. Today, the Delhi Court has rejected the bail plea of Tahir Hussain.
— CNNNews18 (@CNNnews18) July 13, 2020
The Delhi Court has said that the Delhi Riots were the result of a deep-rooted conspiracy and was carried out in an organised manner. Saying this, according to reports, the Delhi Court also said that the role of Hussain is also being investigated and his connection to other members of Pinjra Tod, Jamia Co-ordination Committee, United Against Hate group etc are being probed.
Further, the Delhi Court said that there seems to be a prima facie involvement of AAP councillor Tahir Hussain the deep-rooted conspiracy that resulted in the gruesome Delhi riots that claimed the lives of over 50 people and left hundreds injured.
Delhi Riots : How Tahir Hussain created fake alibi and also mobilised jihadis against Hindus
July 12, 2020
From the 24th of February to the 25th of February, Delhi burnt with perhaps one of the worst anti-Hindu riots that the country has seen in recent times. As many as 53 people were killed and hundreds injured in the riots that were planned, organised, masterminded and implemented with clinical precision by the Islamists. One of the main protagonists of the sinister story is Tahir Hussain, the AAP leader who spearheaded the Delhi riots in which IB staffer Ankit Sharma was murdered brutally by his mob and several Hindu properties were burnt to ashes. Chargesheet has been filed against Tahir Hussain and his role in the Delhi riots.
The chargesheet pertaining to FIR number 114 focuses on the role of Tahir Hussain and his accomplices in the burning of several Hindu shops in the Khajuri Khas area. It outlines how Tahir Hussain planned and implemented the riots with clinical precision and specifically targeted Hindus and their properties in the area.
This specific chargesheet pertains to the burning of a shop called Aman e-rickshaw belonging to Harsh Trading Company on the 25th of February 2020. The complainant had said that he had suffered a loss amounting to at least Rs 30 lakhs when an Islamist mob burnt the shop to the ground and stole anything that they could lay their hands on.
The investigation clearly revealed that Tahir Hussain had instigated the mob on both the days claiming that Hindu people had killed a number of Muslims and had set their shops on fire at Sherpur Chowk and that the time had come to not let any Hindu go scot free.
In the chargesheet, several other details were revealed regarding the conduct of Tahir Hussain and how he organised and instigated the riots:
- Tahir Hussain had planned the riots with Umar Khalid and Khalid Saifi back on 8th January during a meeting at Shaheen Bagh
- There were several transactions from shell companies that were suspicious. The chargesheet details several such transactions from Tahir Hussain’s account that indicate that he had started receiving money to organise the riots. Some of the money was even routed through shell companies
- Umar Khalid had assured Tahir Hussain that financially, Islamist outfit PFI (Popular Front of India) was ready to help in organizing the riots.
- Police say that Hussain, who had deposited his licensed pistol with 100 rounds in the Khajuri Khas police station in January, got it released only on 22 February – that is, just before the riots broke out. The chargesheet says that during investigation, Hussain failed to give a satisfactory reply to the police regarding the release of his weapon. The chargesheet says, “Only 64 live cartridges and 22 empty cartridges were recovered at his instance. During interrogation, he could not give account of the remaining 14 live cartridges and 22 empty/fired cartridges, when and where the same were fired/used.”
- During the intervening night of 24 and 25 February, Hussain had shifted his family to his parental house in Mustafabad citing safety, but continued to stay at his building “so that he could keep an eye on the whole situation and stand with the Muslims against the Hindus on the next day as per plan and criminal conspiracy”.
- Tahir Hussain made several PCR calls as a decoy, to ensure that his involvement in the riots is not revealed
- Tahir Hussain had ensured that the CCTV cameras were turned off so the evidence is not recorded
While these details on their own are rather staggering and point towards a deep conspiracy to target Hindus, the Disclosure Statement which was narrated and signed by Tahir Hussain on the 5th of May 2020, in his own words, reveal a far more sinister design.
In the Disclosure Statement signed by Tahir Hussain, the AAP councillor confesses that during the nation-wide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, he got the information that there were going to be some rallies in support of CAA as well. After receiving this information, he met with others and hatched a conspiracy to “teach them a lesson”.
Further, Tahir Hussain confesses in the Disclosure Statement that per this conspiracy that he had hatched, he chose his own house as a launchpad for the riots since it was a high-rise in the area. Tahir Hussain says that he also chose his own house as a launchpad because, in his house, construction was already being done and hence, him collecting stones and bricks for the riots would not raise suspicion.
He confesses that he and his co-conspirators had started collecting stones, bricks and other ammunition, well in advance so that they could teach those who were in support of the CAA a lesson when the time was right. To that end, 2-3 days before the riots broke out, he had also got his licensed pistol released from the police station. While gearing up for the riots and collecting ammunition to teach Hindus a lesson, Tahir Hussain says that he had instructed his supporters to be “ready for anything and in every manner” and also ensure that all the CCTV cameras, private and government installed, in the area, were broken so the evidence of the riots could not be captured. It is to be kept in mind that all of this was done well before the anti-Hindu riots broke out in Delhi.
Tahir Hussain admits that he, along with his brother Shah Alam, Arshad, Abid, Shahid, Irshad and several others were present at his residence. His office space is also in the same building from where the riots were launched. Tahir Hussain then discloses that on the 24th afternoon, his mobs started chanting ‘Allah Hu Akbar’ and ‘Maaro Maaro Kaafiro Ko Maaro’.
Further, he says that he was informed that Hindus had started killing Muslims and thus, he got enraged and told his supporters to get ready to teach Hindus a lesson.
However, this part of his statement does not add up. Most of the violence that came from Hindus took place on the 25th of February. Furthermore, it is pertinent to note that Tahir Hussain himself admits that he was planning the riots for a long time to teach Hindus a lesson. He had collected stones, instigated his supporters, told them to be ready and even got the CCTV cameras broken and got his pistol released. The investigation has also found that he was planning the riots since January. Everything known thus far points to a planned conspiracy being hatched to unleash violence against Hindus. Thus, Hussain saying that the violence started after a rumour was spread, makes little sense.
Tahir then says that on his instruction, his supporters reached the terrace of his house and started specifically targeting Hindus and their properties by hurling stones, shooting and throwing petrol bombs. Hussain had told his supporters that since his building is a high-rise in the area, they will not be hurt or put in harms’ way by any retaliation by the Hindus either. He further said that his brother, Shah Alam, Gulfam and others were also firing a pistol at Hindus.
Then comes the most clinching part that has been used by several Left portals like The Wire in an attempt to shield Tahir Hussain. NDTV and The Wire along with several other foot-soldiers were at the forefront of defending Tahir Hussain. Both portals had claimed that there are serious questions regarding the charges against Tahir Hussain since he himself had made several calls to the PCR and thus, was a victim of violence himself. The Wire had aired an “exclusive” interview with Hussain where he had claimed that he is a victim and is being targeted because he is a Muslim. Further, NDTV, accessing his calls to the PCR, had confidently claimed that these calls put a question mark on the charges against Hussain.
EXCLUSIVE | “I am innocent and a victim of communal violence myself.
I have full faith in the justice system of my country. I want to surrender before the court.”
Suspended AAP councillor and an accused in recent violence in delhi, Tahir Hussain. pic.twitter.com/RoxZhGyXq3
— The Wire (@thewire_in) March 5, 2020
In fact, Tahir Hussain himself had tweeted a plea for help during the riots that he was engineering. This tweet was also cited by publications like The Wire to exonerate him.
While the entire cabal peddled the lies by Tahir Hussain to exonerate him of the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma and the riots that he had unleashed, Tahir Hussain in his statement has revealed the reason behind his calls to the PCR.
He says in his signed Disclosure Statement that according to his plan, he had made several calls to PCR and the Police officers from his own mobile phone to protect himself from taking the blame for the riots that he had engineered and to give himself an alibi. He says he knew that no matter how large the police force was, they would not be able to cross the Pulia because thousands of Muslims had congregated there. Moreover, the Muslim mob was pelting the police force with stones and bricks to ensure that they are chased away. He also said that the mob was burning Hindu homes on both sides of the bridge.
Essentially, the very argument being used by the ‘liberals’ to shield Tahir Hussain has been shattered by him in his Disclosure Statement.
Further, Tahir Hussain says that during the intervening night of 24th and 25th, he had shipped off his family (wife and kids) to Mustafabad to keep them away from harms’ way and took out his own pistol and kept it with him.
There are more shocking revelations made by Tahir Hussain. He reveals that during the intervening night of 24th and 25th, he joined a few police officials to patrol the riot-hit area and “pretend” to appeal for calm. He was doing so as a decoy so that during the patrolling, he could give signals to his supporters that he is still with them and that they shouldn’t be scared in their quest to hunt down Kaafirs.
Hussain said he returned on the 25th so he could “mobilise” the Muslim mob against Hindus again.
Tahir Hussain returned to the area after dropping his family and patrolling the area at around 8:30 AM. However, seeing some police officials there, he left again only to return in the afternoon. He said in the afternoon, on his call, thousands of Muslims congregated near the Masjid. At that time, he saw that from the other side, Hindus had also started congregating and chanting slogans. This is the second day of the riot. When he saw the Hindus, he started mobilising the Muslim mob and started burning Hindu houses, pelting stones etc.
Hussain then mentions that even during the riots on 25th, where he was mobilising Muslims against Hindus, he used to slip out of the riots intermittently to call up the PCR and police to ensure that his alibi was solid.
Thereafter, Hussain absconded and was arrested on 5th March 2020.
Tahir Hussain, after explaining how he conspired to kill Kafirs, create riots and teach Hindus a lesson, ended his Disclosure Statement with these words:
“Mujhse galti ho gayi, mujhe maaf kiya jaye” (I made a mistake, I may please be forgiven).
The Disclosure Statement by Tahir Hussain is rather telling and proves that whatever was being reported at the time by portals like OpIndia stand vindicated. There are several other elements to the chargesheet that will be discussed in the subsequent reports in the ongoing series on the Delhi anti-Hindu riots chargesheets.
Source : OpIndia