As­sailants Pumped 24 Bul­lets Into Tanzil’s Body

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Mohd Tanzil Ah­mad’s last of­fi­cial as­sign­ment was to ac­com­pany a mem­ber of the Pak­istan JIT to a ho­tel where the other mem­bers of the team were stay­ing. The JIT was on a five-day visit to In­dia in con­nec­tion with its probe into the Jan­uary 2 Pathankot air­base at­tack. On Fri­day, the JIT re­turned to Pak­istan and Tanzil af­ter drop­ping his guest came back to South Delhi home from where he and his fam­ily left for Bi­jnor to at­tend a mar­riage cer­e­mony on April 2.

Tanzil and his wife were al­legedly at­tacked­byt­wouniden­ti­fied­mo­tor­cy­cle-borne as­sailants who pumped as many as 24 bul­lets into his body. NIA saidthoughTanzil­was­no­tas­so­ci­ated with the probe into the Pathankot at­tack, he was de­puted dur­ing the visit of JIT due to paucity of men. An as­sis­tant­com­man­dant­fromBSF,Tanzil joined NIA in 2009 on dep­u­ta­tion and had han­dled many high-pro­file ter­ror in­ves­ti­ga­tions, in­clud­ing cases re­lated to the Is­lamic State and fake cur­rency. TheNIAinJan­uary this year had ar­rested over a dozen sus­pects for try­ing to join ISIS. Tanzil was re­spon­si­ble for na­tion­wide crack­down on the IS mod­ule. He was also in­stru­men­tal in the ar­rest of Haider Ali, head of IM-Simi mod­ule. The mod­ule was re­spon­si­ble for Bod­hgaya se­rial blasts.

The group headed by Haider later planted bombs dur­ing the Patna rally of then BJP PM can­di­date Naren­dra Modi. Tanzil is sur­vived by two chil­drenand­wife­whoal­so­suf­fered­bul­let in­juries and is re­ported to be crit­i­cal. NIA termed the killing a “planned at­tack” and did not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of a ter­ror an­gle be­hind the shootout. NIA of­fi­cial said Tanzil has been as­so­ci­ated with probe re­lated to IM op­er­a­tives and has ap­peared on many court dates. He has also been as­so­ci­ated with 2014 Bur­d­wan blasts case, the of­fi­cial added.

NIA in a state­ment said: “Tanzil Ahmed was an as­set to the agency. His killing is a great loss to NIA. We take it as a chal­lenge to bring the per­pe­tra­tors of this crime to jus­tice. We will not rest un­til that hap­pens.”

DG of UP police, Javed Ah­mad, told ET: “It is too early to com­ment on the mo­tive be­hind killing. The at­tack­ers had cov­ered their face. There are as many as 14 en­try wounds and seven exit wounds on the body of Tanzil.”

Tanzil re­spon­si­ble for na­tion­wide crack­down on the IS mod­ule, in­stru­men­tal in ar­rests of IM-Simi mod­ule headed by Haider Ali

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