The recent publication of Delhi Riots 2020 and the corresponding controversy over its publisher had brought February's violent clashes back into new headlines and public discourse. And now, it would seem that the families of those accused of inciting the riots are facing new problems.
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan on Wednesday took to Twitter, urging Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to give protection to the family of former party Councillor Tahir Hussain.
Sharing a picture with them, Khan wrote that they had come to him stating that they were living in fear, even within their own home. "Because accounts have been seized, we're unable to pay even school fees," Khan quoted them as saying.
And while some sympatised with their plight -- that it was not the children's fault that Hussain had been arrested -- others were distinctively less empathetic.
"Aam Aadmi Party leader openly sympathising with and brazenly endorsing the family of the Delhi Riots mastermind, terrorist Tariq (Tahir) Hussain," tweeted BJP leader Priti Gandhi.
The National Incharge of Social Media - BJP Mahila Morcha suggested that this picture should (of Khan with the family) should be shown to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal the next time he said "sab mile hue hain ji".
In the meantime, some claim that the Aam Aadmi Party will give a ticket to Hussain's wife in the next poll. Quoting a media report that had made this claim, Kapil Mishra who had become a rather controversial figure amid the riots in Delhi said that Amanatullah Khan had "met the family of Ankit Sharma's killers".
"AAP will give ticket to Tahir Hussain's wife. Tahir Hussain will get VVIP facilities in jail. Kejriwal government will not allow to run treason case," he alleged.