Two unidentified motorcycle borne assailants shot at Mohammed Tanzil Ahmed, NIA officer who had investigated various cases of Indian Mujahideen (IM) leading to the arrest of its Indian head Yasin Bhatkal. The men shot at him and his wife, who was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and he died on spot.
The doctors later recovered 22 bullets from his body.
He was an Assistant Commandant with the BSF on deputation to the NIA, he was a part of the NIA team that worked in coalition with JIT team from Pakistan to look into the Pathankot attack.
“Mohammad Tanzil Ahmad had gone home to attend a function. While he was returning, a planned attack took place on him and he was fired upon. He was killed in the firing while his wife was injured. She has been admitted to Fortis Hospital, Noida,” said Sanjeev Singh, NIA IG, describing the event to be a “planned attack”.
“Over the past six years, he was involved in every big case with the agency,” an NIA officer said. He also added, “It was Ahmed who traced the mobile phone through which Yasin Bhatkal, then hiding in Nepal, spoke to his wife Zahida. The phone was bought by Yasin’s then deputy, Tehsin Akhtar, from Rajasthan and given to Zahida. It was this phone that was tapped by intelligence agencies, revealing his location in Nepal.”
NIA officers suspect that Tanzil’s movements were being closely watched by the murderers.
“We were returning from the wedding of my niece and had dropped our relatives home. My wife and I were a Wagon R, while my brother and his family were in another Wagon R. Suddenly, two men on a motorcycle intercepted my brother’s car which was behind us. One of the men started firing,” said Tanzil’s brother Ragib Masood.
“The patient has been brought in a critical condition. Our doctors are providing the best medical treatment. As a matter of patient confidentiality, we cannot comment any further,” said the hospital authorities regarding Tanzil’s wife’s condition.