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NIA officer shot dead


Bijnor/New Delhi : An officer posted with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was shot dead while his wife seriously injured by unidentified bike-borne assailants in the wee hours in Bijnor district today, with the agency terming it as a “planned attack”

“Tanzil Ahmad was shot dead by two motorcycle borne persons when he was returning after attending a marriage ceremony with his wife Farzana,” IG (Law and Order) of UP Police Bhagwan Swaroop said.

The incident took place at 12:45 AM when Ahmed, an assistant commandant with BSF who was currently on deputation in NIA, was returning to Sahaspur from the function.

In New Delhi, NIA IG Sanjeev Kumar termed it as a “planned attack”.

“One of our officers, very brave officer Mohammad Tanzil Ahmad had gone to his home to attend a function last night. When he was coming back from the function a planned attack took place on him and he was fired upon.

“He was killed in the firing while his wife was injured. She has been admitted to Fortis Hospital, Noida. He was an assistant commandant with BSF and was on deputation with NIA,” he said.

Kumar said Ahmed was an “NIA inspector but back in BSF he was an assistant commandant”.

He said the investigations into the killing are on. “Investigations are on. Right now the UP Police, UP ATS, NIA, the DIG of NIA from Lucknow and his team all of them are there on the spot,” he said.

On being asked about the possibility of terror angle behind the attack, ADG, UP Police, Daljit Chowdhry said, “Nothing can be ruled out.

“A very serious offence has taken place in the district and we have taken it very seriously.The body has been sent for postmortem and details of what actually happened will soon come out.

“Borders of the state have been sealed and checking is on in the nearby villages to trace those involved in killing of the officer. We are trying to find out the accused and the motive behind the murder.

Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) teams are at the spot. “We are also trying to ascertain whether the 9 mm pistol used for the crime was country-made or factory-made. It is definitely a planned attack and not a robbery,” he added.

UP Director General of Police (DGP) Javeed Ahmad said IG, Special Task Force (STF) and IG Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) have been sent to Bijnor and the matter is being probed.

“We are also in touch with NIA officers and coordinating with them. We will go deep into it and ensure those involved are arrested”, Ahmad said.

SHO, Bijnor, Rajkumar said the “officer along with his wife was returning from the wedding of his niece when two unidentified bike-borne persons stopped his car and shot at him. He was declared dead at a nearby hospital”.

His wife sustained serious injuries in the attack, police said.

To a question, Swaroop said it is not clear whether Ahmed was part of the team in the Pathankot attack investigation case.

“Only NIA can tell whether he was involved in Pathankot attack investigation case,” he said.

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