The Uttar Pradesh police have detained two persons in connection with the murder of NIA officer Tanzil Ahmad. The police said that they are hoping to make a major breakthrough in the case soon, according to The Times Of India.
The NIA officer was shot 21 times when he was driving back home from a family wedding in Bijnor on Sunday. While he died on the spot, his two children survived the attack and his wife, who sustained four gun shot wounds, is admitted to a Noida hospital, where her condition continues to be critical.
On the progress of the investigation, senior official Deepak Ratan, who is in-charge IG of law and order said that some important leads are being followed and the cops are exploring all angles to find the perpetrators.
The team investigating the case also claimed that personal animosity due to a property dispute could be the motive behind the brutal murder. A senior police official told IANS that while the matter is still being probed, they have zeroed in on the personal angle as the motive behind the high-profile murder.
Of the two people police have detained, one is a former student of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) while the other is a sharp shooter and a contract killer. Sources said Tanzil Ahmad was killed owing to a dispute over a shop in New Delhi.
The Pulsar bike, allegedly used by the suspects during the killing has also been recovered from Bareilly.
According to The Hindustan Times, police raided some spots in Bijnor, Aligarh, Sambhal and Bulandshahar districts. The police have, however, ruled out the terror angle. The report further stated that Ahmad had a rift with the local residents after he bought a property in Bijnor district.
The police have rounded up six people, according to The Times Of India, are being interrogated by state and central intelligence agencies. Additional DG (law and order) Daljeet Chaudhary was quoted saying that the police have also identified a key suspect, closely associated with the murder. The report added that five people known to Tanzil are being screened as some of them were also at the wedding.
The investigating team has zeroed in on a video clip of the wedding which Tanzil attended and on the way back home shot dead, sources said. A man shown in the video was at the centre of the probe, as no one was able to identify him as belonging to either the bride's or groom's party.
Several agencies including the Delhi police have been roped in for the probe with the Director General of Police "directly and personally" monitoring the case.
With inputs from agencies