NIA terror probe official shot dead in Uttar Pradesh

Mohammed Tanzil Ahmad was probing the Pathankot attack.

Lucknow/New Delhi: A senior officer posted with the NIA was shot dead and his wife was seriously injured when two unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants sprayed bullets on the couple in the early hours of Sunday in Bijnore district of Uttar Pradesh.

The killers pumped bullets into Mohammed Tanzil Ahmad, the NIA officer, and his wife Farzana, as their 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son watched the gruesome incident from the back seat of the Wagon-R car they were travelling in, the police said. The children were not injured. Ahmad was returning home to Sahaspur village of Bijnor district with his family after attending his niece's wedding in a nearby village in the same district, which is about 150 km from New Delhi.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that he had been apprised about the incident. The UP police has sealed the borders of the district and launched a manhunt. “We are also in touch with NIA officers and coordinating with them. We will go deep into it and ensure that those involved are arrested,” UP DGP Javed Ahmad told reporters in Lucknow.

Talking to the media in Lucknow, IGP (Law and Order) Bhagwan Swaroop said Tanzil Ahmad was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne persons while he was returning after attending a marriage ceremony with his wife Farzana. Police sources said automatic weapons and 9 mm pistols were used in the incident. Reports claimed that Ahmad was part of the team investigating the Pathankot airbase attack. However, NIA sources refused to comment on that. The state police termed Ahmad’s killing as a “planned attack” and did not rule out the possibility of a terror angle behind the shooting.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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