Probing all angles in NIA officer’s murder: Police (Lead, changing dateline)

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Bijnor, April 5 (IANS) Both personal issues and the terrorist angle are being examined thoroughly to determine who murdered NIA official Mohammad Tanzil Ahmad, a senior police officer said on Tuesday.

The Uttar Pradesh Police is investigating the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officer’s murder from three major angles, Additional Director General Daljeet Chaudhary said.

Talking to the media at the crime spot, Chaudhary said: “We are looking at local connections, personal issues and the terrorist angle.”

NIA Deputy Superintendent Ahmad, 48, who was involved in probing cases pertaining to the Indian Mujahideen and the arrest of its head Yasin Bhatkal, was shot dead shortly after midnight on Saturday in his native town Sahaspur.

Chaudhary said Ahmad’s family possessed substantial agriculture land in Sahaspur town and there was no one to look after the ancestral property after his father died two years ago.

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“We have ordered that every local issue must be screened minutely along with other issues pertaining to the officer’s involvement in important investigations handled by him.

“Some vital enmity might have developed during investigation of counterfeit currency related cases. So we shall screen all such important investigation.

“The third angle is the terror angle. We are looking that angle very minutely,” Chaudhary added.

The slain officer was about to enter Sahaspur town after attending the wedding of his niece in Syohara.

His elder brother, Razib Ahmad, was following him in a separate car and reached the crime spot just five minutes later.

Both the brothers had planned to spend the night in their hometown which they used to visit frequently.

The officer was accompanied by his wife Farzana, daughter Zarnees (14) and son Sahbaaz (9).

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The children were in the rear seat of the car and escaped unhurt. His wife is now battling for life after suffering four bullet wounds. She was seated by her husband.

As his car took a turn from the main Dhampur-Moradabad road and slowed down at a narrow bridge, two unidentified men opened indiscriminate fire from automatic weapons of .9mm calibre.

They pumped 21 bullets on the officer’s body from the driver’s window which was open.

An assistant commandant with the Border Security Force, Ahmad was on deputation with the National Investigation Agency for the past six years.

He had planned to visit his home town after completing his job as the liaison officer for the five-member Pakistan Joint Investigation Team that was in Delhi to probe the Pathankot terror attack, police sources said.

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