Police have identified a person with a criminal record as the killer of NIA officer Mohammed Tanzil Ahmed, who was murdered on Sunday when he and his family were heading back to their house in UP’s Sahaspur after attending a wedding, officials said on Thursday.
Sources said Muneer, a resident of Seohara town in Bijnor district, eliminated Ahmed to settle some property dispute.
“Police teams have been dispatched to different location to nab him,” Omkar Singh, DIG of Moradabad range, said. Investigative teams also have recovered a red Pulsar motorcycle from Bareilly which was used in committing the crime.
Two gunmen on a motorcycle fired more than 20 bullets at Ahmed’s WagonR car when he was returning home from a wedding at Seohara in Bijnor district on Sunday with his 40-year-old wife Farzana, teenaged daughter Jumnish, and son Sahbagh.
Ahmed’s wife, with bullets in her stomach and legs, is undergoing treatment at a Noida hospital. The children escaped unharmed as they hid behind the seats.
Muneer’s name surfaced during the interrogation of the suspects who were detained by the police on Wednesday after raiding their hideouts in Bijnor, Aligarh, Sambhal and Bulandshahar districts.
Sources said Muneer came in contact with Ahmed as they belonged to the same town and later developed enmity over some property dispute.
They said Muneer was planning to eliminate the NIA officer since a long time but could not do so because Ahmed used to come to Seohara without informing anyone about his visit and leave soon. His killers were aware that he would attend the wedding ceremony of his niece and they planned his killing.
Police identified a few suspects from the video of the ceremony which eventually helped the investigative agencies identify the killers.