Met Ansar last 2 years ago: TMC councillor whose pic with Jahangirpuri riot accused went viral

Trinamool Congress councillor from Haldia Municipality, Ajijul Rahman, whose photo with Jahangirpuri violence accused Ansar went viral, said he hasn’t been in touch with the latter for over two years.

This picture of Trinamool Congress councillor Ajijul Rahman (encircled) and Jahangirpuri violence accused Ansar has been widely shared.

Trinamool Congress councillor from Haldia Municipality, Ajijul Rahman, whose photo with Jahangirpuri violence accused Ansar went viral, has said that it is indeed his image. However, he said that he hasn’t been in touch with Ansar for over two years.

“That picture is from Delhi near Jama Masjid clicked in 2019. I was a councillor even then. I met Ansar in Haldia before that when he was here for Eid. We are public representatives, people take photographs with us,” Ajijul Rahman said.

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“If political opponents slam me over this picture, I want to ask about Modi’s picture with Nirav Modi and Suvendu Adhikari’s picture with murder accused Saddam. Do they prove anything,” he asked.

“Ansar invited me to his house for lunch during my Delhi trip in 2019. My sons were there. His family was there. That picture was taken after lunch,” he said.

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Ajijul Rahman said: “Ansar’s in-laws live 5 km away from Haldia. I’m the local councillor. So, he introduced himself to me. How can I know who is doing what in a different city? I came to know of his alleged involvement in the Jahangirpuri violence when the media reported it. I am not aware who Salim Chikna and Aslam are.”

He further said that he had met Ansar last on Eid two years ago. “I don’t know if he had come to Bengal during the 2021 assembly elections. Ansar doesn’t stay here. How would he be in TMC,” he asked.

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