Police have detained three people in connection with the murder of National Investigation Agency (NIA) officer Mohammad Tanzil Ahmed on Sunday.
Police received a tip-off in the case on Wednesday, after which they raided the hideouts of the suspects in Bijnor, Aligarh, Sambhal and Bulandshahar districts, a senior officer said. “We are currently interrogating the three suspects,” he added.
Ahmed and his family were heading back to their house in UP’s Sahaspur at 1 am on Sunday when two motorcycle-borne men forced him to stop his WagonR car at Seohara and fired from a close range. While Ahmed died on the spot, his wife was hospitalised in a critical condition.
The officer, however, refused to identify the suspects. “Investigators are trying to correlate the information provided by the suspects with evidence collected by the district police as well as investigation agencies. We may solve the murder soon,” he said.
The probe team, however, ruled out a terror angle in the case. Speaking to HT, additional director general of police (law and order) Daljit Singh Chawdhary said: “The investigators are focusing on the personal enmity angle. We have collected vital evidence, and the investigation is on the right track.”
Chawdhary had visited Bijnor on Tuesday to monitor the progress of the investigation.
Ahmed’s murder is being probed by several agencies, including the state anti-terrorist squad, special task force, district police and central investigation bodies. Sources said the terror angle was eliminated only after a thorough probe.
According to sources, the probe revealed that Ahmed had a misunderstanding with local residents when he bought some property in Bijnor district. They also checked the video footage from the wedding of Ahmed’s niece, and found that some identified people were present at the event. While one of these men was found to be a relative, the identities of the others are yet to be established.
“Raids were conducted in various districts of the state on Wednesday evening to nab the killers’ accomplices as well as the people who planned the murder. We are also searching for a woman who was allegedly involved in the crime,” a police officer said.