NIA officer’s killer ‘identified’, but family rejects property theory

  • S Raju & Haider Naqvi, Hindustan Times, Meerut/Kanpur
  • Updated: Apr 08, 2016 10:37 IST
Relatives of NIA officer Tanzeel Ahmed mourn after his body was brought to his Delhi residence. (File photo/ HT)

Police have identified a person with a criminal record as one of the killers of National Investigation Agency (NIA) officer Tanzeel Ahmed, and launched a hunt for him.The victim’s family, however, has contested their theory -- claiming that he may have been murdered by those with terror links

Muneer, a resident of Seohara town in Bijnor district, is suspected to have killed Ahmed over a property dispute. “Police teams have been dispatched to various locations to nab him,” Omkar Singh, DIG of Moradabad range, said.

A red Pulsar motorcycle reportedly used in the crime was recovered from Bareilly.

Ahmed was murdered early on Sunday, while he and his family were heading back to their residence in Sahaspur, Uttar Pradesh, after attending a wedding in Bijnor.

Muneer’s name surfaced while police were interrogating certain suspects captured in raids carried out at Bijnor, Aligarh, Sambhal and Bulandshahr districts. Sources said Ahmed came into contact with the suspect as they belonged to the same town, but later fell out over a property dispute. When Muneer and his associates found out that Ahmed planned to attend his niece’s wedding on Saturday night, they allegedly hatched a plan to kill him. A few of the suspects were reportedly identified from the video footage of the ceremony.

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Police said Muneer was allegedly involved in murder cases at Aligarh.

However, Ahmed’s family has raised serious questions over the police’s property dispute theory. “Show us the details of the properties they were dealing in. Neither Tanzeel nor I have ever met or seen any Muneer in our lives, but they say he was a partner. This is ridiculous,” said Ahmed’s brother Raghib Masood.

He further asked why Ahmed was targeted when the property would only be transferred to his wife or children in the event of his death. “My children and I could have been claimants too, but they didn’t kill us. My car was just behind Tanzeel’s.”

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Masood said Ahmed had bought a shop near his ancestral house, and all payments for the property were made through cheques. Muneer had nothing to do with that purchase, he claimed.

“Tanzeel and his wife were earning very well, almost Rs 2.5 lakh a month. They wanted to make an investment for their children,” he said. “My brother’s integrity is beyond doubt, and his professional and personal conduct has always been exemplary. I am shocked by this kind of investigation.”

Masood said his brother was killed 24 hours after leaving the company of the Pakistan delegation that investigated the Pathankot attack. “He was with the Pakistan team for five days. Isn’t it weird that he was killed less than 24 hours after his work with the team got over and he returned to the village?”

Insisting that the police probe was heading down the wrong track, he said Ahmed had received death threats on several occasions for apprehending terrorists.

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