Tanzeel-AhmedInvestigation agencies probing the murder of NIA officer Mohammad Tanzil Ahmed on Wednesday detained three suspects, one of whom is believed to be a relative.

According to a report in the Hindustan Times, investigation agencies are probing a property dispute as motive for murder.

“The investigation has revealed that Tanzil had made some investments in property in Bijnor and nearby districts. These were basically benami investments, not in his own name. Tanzil’s property dealings led to other complications as well which were more of a personal nature,” said Uttar Pradesh’s additional director general (law and order) Daljit Singh Chowdhary.

Chowdhary added that Tanzil was considered very close to a local municipal councilor as well.

Mohammed Tanzil Ahmed, a Deputy Superintendent of Police who was investigating a host of terror cases, was shot at from close range at least 16 times by two unidentified men who drove up on a motorbike and intercepted the car near Sahaspur town on Saturday. Mr Ahmed, 45, was returning home to Delhi with his wife and children after attending a family wedding. His wife, Farzana, was shot twice and is recovering in hospital.

The officer’s children, aged 14 and 11, had told the police that as the first shots were fired, their father asked them to duck.

One of the men detained is believed to be a sharpshooter.

On Wednesday, the Uttar Pradesh police said that “a personal matter” may have been the reason behind the officer’s killing. “There are certain things which are indicating towards a personal matter,” Daljeet Singh Chaudhary, Additional Director General (Law and Order), said. Earlier, he had said that two unidentified persons seen in a video footage from the family wedding were not suspects in the murder.

According to report in The Times of India, the probe revealed that call details of at least five people known to Tanzil and were in touch with him, were also being screened to confirm if they had any role in the crime. Some of them were also present at the wedding Tanzil attended before he was shot.

(With agencies input)