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UP: NIA officer shot dead by gunmen at Bijnor in ‘planned attack’

NIA superintendent of police Mohammad Tanzil was returning from a wedding ceremony when he was killed.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2016 18:18 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times
NIA,Mohammad Tanzil,National Investigation Agency
NIA deputy superintendent of police Mohammad Tanzil was shot dead by unknown gunmen on April 3.(ANI)

An officer with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was shot dead by unknown people in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh early on Sunday.

Deputy superintendent of police Mohammad Tanzil and his family were heading back to their house in Sahaspur town around 1 am when two motorcycle-borne men forced him to stop his WagonR car at Seohara and fired from a close range.

Tanzil, on deputation from the Border Security Force, had gone to Bijnor city with his family to attend a marriage function.

NIA inspector general Sanjeev Singh said that while Tanzil died immediately, his wife was critically injured. She was taken to a hospital in Noida. Their two children, who were sitting in the backseat of the car, were reportedly unharmed.

The NIA, meanwhile, termed Tanzil’s murder as a “planned attack”. Singh said that though Tanzil was not formally a part of the Pathankot airbase attack probe team, he was consulted owing to his knowledge of Urdu.

Meanwhile, the state government appointed Aseem Arun, inspector general of the Anti-Terrorist Squad, to investigate Tanzil’s murder. “We will probe the incident from all possible angles, including personal enmity,” Arun told HT over the phone. He, however, said it would “be difficult to say anything on the possibility of a terror attack at this stage of the investigation”.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Apr 03, 2016 08:56 IST