Lucknow, June 29: With the arrest of Muneer, the prime accused in the murder of NIA officer, Tenzil Ahmed, the police have learnt that the motive was not related to terrorism, but it was grudge and fear.
The NIA officer who was shot dead in Bijnor was part of several terror related probes which included outfits such as the Indian Mujahideen.
Muneer a noted criminal who had a bounty of Rs 2 lakh on his head was nabbed by the Uttar Pradesh police following a two month chase.
He had changed his locations several times. The police had learnt that he had stayed in Nepal, Lucknow, Azamgarh and Ghaziabad. However last week when his location was found, he had attempted fleeing to Mumbai, when the police cornered him.
Terror ruled out:
Muneer a noted criminal was wanted in several cases relating to murder, robbery and extortion. During the interrogation, Muneer told the police that he nurtured a grudge against the officer. The officer had outed him on several occasions which had led to him going into hiding.
Muneer further said that Rehan who is related to the officer too nurtured a grudge against Ahmed due to personal reasons.
This is why the murder was carried out, Muneer also told the police. Based on his confession, the police have prima facie concluded that the murder was not related to any of the terror probes being carried out by the officer.
Muneer also said that there were attempts made in the past as well to murder the officer.
He however, added that they had no intention of killing his wife. His wife who was in the car at the time of the incident was accidentally hit by bullets and she succumbed to injuries at a hospital 15 days after the incident.