Widow of NIA officer Tanzil Ahmad dead

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New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The widow of slain NIA officer Tanzil Ahmad succumbed to her bullet injuries at the AIIMS here on Wednesday — 10 days after unidentified assailants waylaid the couple and pumped bullets into them in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district.

Ahmad received 21 bullet injuries in the April 3 attack while his wife Farzana Khatoon was shot at four times. The couple was returning from a wedding in Bijnor district post-midnight when they were waylaid and shot.

Amit Gupta, spokesperson of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said Farzana was in a critical condition and succumbed to her injuries at 10.55 a.m. at the intensive care unit of the hospital’s trauma centre here.

Farzana was shifted to AIIMS from Fortis Hospital in Noida on April 11, eight days after the incident.

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Gupta said Farzana was admitted on April 11 at 4.30 p.m. “with diagnosis of severe sepsis and lung consolidation. On arrival, she was critically ill and placed on ventilator and inotropes and was not responding. She was managed in ICU with antibiotics, inotropes and blood products. However, she continued to deteriorate and succumbed to her injuries on April 13 at 10.55 a.m.,” he added.

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) officer said the last rites of Farzana will be held at Jamia Milia Campus Burial Ground at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Ahmad, an assistant commandant in the Border Security Force (BSF), was on deputation with the NIA as an inspector since 2010.

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