Key accused in NIA officer killing lands in police net
NEW DELHI: Almost two months after 45-year-old National Investigation Agency (NIA) officer Tanzil Ahmed and his wife were gunned down by a group of bike-borne assailants in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh, Muneer, the prime accused in the case, was on Tuesday arrested in Noida.
Ahmed, a deputy superintendent with the NIA, was returning with his family after attending a wedding when the assailants pumped 24 bullets into him. While Ahmed died on the spot, his wife Farzana Khatoon, who was critically injured, succumbed a few days later.
“We intercepted Muneer today in Bisraq area of Noida. For the last three days, we were getting tip-offs that he’s in the National Capital region. He fired at us and we retaliated. Another person was arrested with him. While he was on the run, Muneer had stayed in Lucknow, Nepal and Azamgarh. Before the fatal attack, Muneer tried to kill the NIA officer a few times at home, but was unsuccessful,” said Amit Pathak, senior superintendent of police, UP Special Task Force.
Muneer started his life of crime in Aligarh Muslim University, where he befriended Ashutosh Mishra a history-sheeter. After committing several crimes along with Mishra in Aligarh, both moved to Delhi and lived in the Tees Hazari area planning a big heist.
In 2014, they robbed `1.5 crore from an ATM cash van, after killing the guard, in Kamla Nagar area.