After questioning them for over a week, the Uttar Pradesh police Tuesday arrested Mohammad Reyan and Mohammad Zaini in connection with the killing of National Investigation Agency (NIA) officer Tanzeel Ahmed in Bijnor district earlier this month, and said the search for a third accused was on.
Police arrested Reyan and Zaini, residents of Maulviyan locality of Sahaspur town of Bijnor district. They lived in the same locality as the NIA officer. The third accused, Muneer, is still absconding. Police have announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information leading to his arrest.
Police claimed to have recovered a motorcycle used in the killing. A case of murder and attempt to murder was lodged at Syohara police station of Bijnor after Ahmed was shot dead while his wife Farzana was seriously injured on April 2.
Bareilly zone IG Vijay Singh Meena said Reyan is the nephew of Ahmed’s brother-in-law. “His questioning has revealed that he had differences with Ahmed after the latter did not help his family in a property case,” Meena said.
According to IG, Zaini provided only logistical support and was part of the planning, but he was not present at the scene of crime. He said Reyan was driving the motorcycle used in the killing. The two have no previous criminal record, but main accused Muneer has cases lodged against him in Aligarh.
Meena said more facts will emerge after the arrest of Muneer.
Bijnor SP Subhash Singh Baghel said the questioning of the two youths revealed that there were at least three incidents which led to differences and enmity between Reyan and Ahmed.
He said there had been two cases of assault and theft involving Reyan’s aunt in Ranjit Nagar area, in which Reyan had sought Ahmed’s help in vain. Baghel said a house of Reyan’s uncle in Jamia Nagar locality of Delhi was taken by Ahmed in exchange for his shop in Batla House. “Reyan thought his uncle did not get his due in the exchange,” the SP said.
According to the SP, a robbery of Rs 91 lakh had taken place in Dhampur in Bijnor district on December 28 after which police arrested three persons. Police claimed that the robbery was planned by Muneer.
“Muneer never keeps a mobile phone and is very sharp. He suspected that it was Ahmed who tipped off the police about him,” he said.
Baghel said Muneer’s father had also said that Muneer and Ahmed had bought two properties in NCR together and there was a dispute over those.