National Investigation Agency (NIA) Inspector General Sanjeev Kumar Singh on Sunday said that the attack on Mohammad Tanzil, an NIA officer, who was probing the 2 January attack on the Pathankot Air Force base, had been a planned one. Singh told media:
"One of our very brave officers, Mohammad Tanzil, had gone to his home to attend a function. Last night when he was coming out from that function, a planned attack took place on him. He was fired upon and in the firing, he was killed. His wife also got injured. She is getting treatment in the hospital".
Singh said Tanzil was an assistant commandant with the Border Security Force and was currently on deputation with the NIA.
"He was with us since last six and a half years. Right now, the investigation is on. The Uttar Pradesh police, Uttar Pradesh STF, ATS, the teams of NIA, the DIG of NIA from Lucknow and his team, a team from Delhi are there on the spot and they are doing the enquiry," he added.
Tanzil, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, was returning home with his wife after attending a wedding function late Saturday night when assailants on motor bikes shot the couple from close range near Sahaspur town.
Tanzil was pronounced dead on arrival at a medical facility in Moradabad, while his wife Farzana is battling for her life at Fortis Hospital in Noida.