NEW DELHI: A NIA officer was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor on Saturday night while he was returning from a wedding with his family in a car.
NIA Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohd Tanzil and his wife were shot at from close range by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle near Sahaspur town. However, the couple’s children, who were also with them in the car, were unhurt.
“He (Mohd Tanzil), along with his wife (Farzana), was returning from the wedding of his niece when two unidentified people on a motorcycle stopped his car around 12.45 am and shot at him,” Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Bhagwan Swaroop said.
Mohd Tanzil’s brother, Raghib Ahmed, said the officer was shot at 21 times and his wife sustained four bullet injuries, adding “he had no enmity against anyone, he was a friendly cheerful person”. The officer and his wife were immediately rushed to a hospital in Moradabad where Mr Tanzil was declared brought dead. His wife has been shifted to a hospital in Noida where her condition is stated to be critical.
Terming Mr Tanzil a “very brave officer” NIA IG Sanjeev Kumar in New Delhi said the attack on officer was “planned”.
NIA and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) teams have reached the hospital where the body of the officer has been kept. “Investigations are on. Right now the UP police, UP Anti Terrorism Squad, NIA, the DIG of NIA from Lucknow and his team all of them are there on the spot,” Mr Kumar said.
NIA officers said that Mr Tanzil’s body will be brought to Delhi in the evening.
Mr Tanzeel was from Border Security Force and had joined NIA on deputation six years ago.