UP Police says assassins of NIA officer will be found soon

Tanzil Ahmad

The Uttar Pradesh DGP has been “directly and personally” monitoring the brutal killing of National Investigation Agency (NIA) official Tanzil Ahmad.

Following the intervention of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljeet Chowdhary visited Bijnor to investigate the crime scene and review the progress made in case.

Investigators have found strong evidence in the form of a video clip of one of the suspected assailants who could be involved in the killing of NIA  inspector Tanzil Ahmed  in Bijnor district of UP. The photographs of the suspected assailants are likely to be shared with the media in a day or two, sources said.

The police believe that more than two men are probably involved in the brutal murder. In fact, police are assuming that a group of assassins may have red hands in the killing of Ahmad. One of the leads being followed is that, a team member could have been present at the wedding of Ahmad’s niece which he had attended along with his family prior to his murder. This person is presumed to have passed on information regarding Ahmad’s movements.

A man seen in the marriage video captured the attention of the sleuths, as no one was able to identify him as belonging to either the bride’s or the groom’s party.

Officers probing the killing are certain that one of the assassins might be identified soon and the others too might be identified from the videos.

“We have shown the footage to the hosts and they have not been able to identify the two men. We have sent their pictures to caterers and others to confirm if the two were known to them,” said a senior officer investigating the murder.

Investigators also assume that Ahmad was shot because of his direct involvement in probing terror related cases.

The movement of the suspects were also recovered from CCTV camera installed at a private property near Ahmad’s village.

“After the first shot was fired, my father asked us to crouch down between the front and the rear seats and thereafter we only heard several shots being fired,” Jimnish, Tanzil’s 15 year old daughter told the police.

“There is a possibility that what made him an asset for us, also earned him the enmity of those who were on our radar,” said a senior colleague of Ahmad.