Uttar Pradesh police have made the first arrest in the murder of National Investigation officer(NIA) officer Tanzil Ahmed, who was shot dead last week.
The arrested suspect is a relative of the NIA officer, and that the murder was because of some “personal animosity arising out of a property dispute”, sources said.
The murder was planned by the arrested man and executed with the help of a hitman, said sources, adding that the arrest was made with the help of local intelligence. Police are hopeful of a second arrest in connection with the case soon.
A senior police official told media that while the matter is still being probed, they have zeroed in on the personal angle as the motive behind the high-profile murder.
Senior official Deepak Ratan, who is in-charge IG of Law and Order however said that “there were some crucial leads based on which the line of action is being decided.” He also added that for now all angles were being explored.
The NIA official was shot 24 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.
Initially, it was believed that the killing had a terror angle as Tanzil Ahmad was involved in some sensitive cases, including the Pathankot terror attack probe.