NIA officer shot dead
[Representational Image] A National Investigation Agency (NIA) officer was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor district Sunday, April 3, 2016. Picture: An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier salutes next to a coffin containing the body of his colleague during a wreath laying ceremony in Humhama on the outskirts of Srinagar, July 10, 2015.Reuters

An officer posted with National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor district was reportedly shot dead early Sunday by unidentified motorcycle-borne men. The agency has now been quoted as saying the attack, in which officer's wife sustained serious injuries, was "planned."

The incident took place when Mohammad Tanzil Ahmad, his wife Farzana and their two children were returning from a wedding in Sohara village. The assailants reportedly stopped their car near Sahaspur town and fired at him.

Ahmad, who was shot at 21 times, was declared dead upon arrival at a Moradabad hospital, Indo-Asian News Service reported. His wife sustained four bullet injuries but their children were unhurt.

"After attending the function, Tanzil and his family were returning home at around 1.00 am. When their vehicle was around 300 meters away from their residence, two youths on a motorcycle waved their hand. When Tanzil stopped his car, they fired several rounds and escaped. Tanzil and his wife were in the front seat, while his two children — 14-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old were in the back seat, [sic]" the Indian Express quoted Bijnor Superintendent of Police Subhash Singh Baghel as saying.

"He was killed in the firing while his wife was injured. She has been admitted to Fortis Hospital, Noida. He was an assistant commandant with BSF and was on deputation with NIA," Press Trust of India quoted NIA Inspector General G Sanjeev Kumar as saying. 

The agency has started probing Ahmad's murder, which according to Kumar was a "planned attack." "Investigations are on. Right now the UP Police, UP ATS, NIA, the DIG of NIA from Lucknow and his team all of them are there on the spot, [sic]" he said.