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NIA officer killed in planned attack; probe on
New Delhi/Lucknow : Tanzil Ahmad, an officer of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) died after unknown assailants pumped 21 bullets into him while he was returning from a wedding in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor district after midnight on Saturday. Police termed the killing a planned attack.
Ahmad, 48, known for undercover operations, joined the NIA in 2010.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in Lucknow, said the death was being probed.
The shooting in Bijnor district took place when the officer, an assistant commandant in the Border Security Force (BSF) and on deputation with the NIA as an inspector since 2010, was returning from a wedding with his wife and children. His wife Farzana received four bullet injuries, but his children were unharmed.
Rajnath Singh, speaking on the sidelines of a function in Lucknow, said: "I have spoken to the officers concerned. Our teams have gone there to probe the matter and they will submit a comprehensive report very soon."
The officer was laid to rest with full state honours in Shaheen Bagh area of south Delhi.
NIA spokesperson Sanjeev Kumar said in Delhi that Ahmad was a "martyr".
"He will be given all dues that is given to someone killed in service," Kumar told IANS.
An official statement issued by the NIA termed the death a "great loss".
"Tanzil Ahmed was an asset to the agency. His killing is a great loss to NIA. We take it as a challenge to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. We will not rest until that happens," the statement said.
"The assailants came on motorbikes and opened fire from a close range on Ahmad near Sahaspur town," Sanjeev Kumar told reporters earlier on Sunday.
The Uttar Pradesh police said they were working "on all angles" to find out the motive behind the killing of Ahmad.
His wife is undergoing treatment at Fortis Hospital in Noida.
"Nothing can be ruled out now until and unless we get absolute concrete evidence. We have to work on all angles. We have to see it from all the sides and work out the case," Daljit Chowdhary, additional director general of police, Uttar Pradesh, said on Sunday.
He said borders have been sealed, nearby areas are being searched and senior officials from Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) have been put on the job to track the assailants and probe the attack.
"I am very hopeful that we will work out the case and arrest the accused. It looks like a planned attack. It was definitely not a robbery," Chowdhary said.
The NIA termed Ahmad's killing a "planned attack".
"A planned attack took place on him when he was fired upon and killed," NIA spokesman Kumar said. "He (Tanzil) was assistant commandant with BSF and currently on deputation with NIA. He was with us for last six and half years."
The investigating agency is trying to find out how he was tracked by his assailants.
"The patient has been brought in a critical condition. Our doctors are providing the best medical treatment to treat the patient. As a matter of patient confidentiality we cannot comment anything further," a statement from the Fortis Noida said.
Ahmad was pronounced dead on being taken to a medical facility in Moradabad. His body was later brought to Delhi.
Before joining the NIA, Ahmad was part of the in-house team of BSF, providing vigilance cover. He also held tenures as instructor at BSF Academy at Tekanpur, near Gwalior, and training centre at Hazaribagh.
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The Epidemic that Wasn’t
Organisations like WHO support virus hoax like Swine flue and Zika, while vaccine firms get rich
A ‘great’ epidemic broke out which was mentioned in all the headlines in print and electronic media, in the summer of 2009. It continued to be in the news, day in and day out, spreading from the sacred American media to the rest of the world which often slavishly follows the Western media. Everyone was worried that they might die anytime due to this deadly pandemic where a deadly virus, H1N1, had taken hold of this world! It proved to be a false scare. Today, it is the scare of that deadly virus Zika which, luckily, has failed to kill anyone since 1947. There is a twist in the tale now. The threat is not for you but for your yet-to-be-born progeny growing in the mother’s womb. 
Blame the drug companies and the WHO for sleeping in the same bed for that episode. Now, a new partner has come to light which is more scary. The watchdog body, that is the protector of the common man, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), has been found to have been in cahoots with the other two in this game. CDC, at that time, claimed there were roughly 10,000 swine flu victims in America. Sharyl Attkisson, a CBS news channel investigator, discovered something quite strange. Back in July 2009, the CDC had stopped counting swine flu cases. She wrote, on 21 October 2009, in an article on the CBS website: “Swine Flu Cases Overestimated?” If you’ve been diagnosed ‘probable’ or ‘presumed’ 2009 H1N1 or ‘swine flu’ in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 [Swine] flu. In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all… In late July, the CDC abruptly advised states to stop testing for H1N1 [Swine] flu, and stopped counting individual cases. The rationale given for the CDC guidance to forego testing and tracking individual cases was: why waste resources testing for H1N1 flu when the government has already confirmed there’s an epidemic?” 
The investigators found that the “vast majority of cases were negative for H1N1 as well as seasonal flu, despite the fact that many states were specifically testing patients deemed to be most likely to have H1N1 flu, based on symptoms and risk factors, such as travel to Mexico.” Yet, CDC put out their statistics in November 2009 that “Shockingly, 14 million to 34 million U.S. residents—the CDC’s best guess is 22 million—came down with H1N1 swine flu by Oct. 17 [2009].” 
Sharyl Attkisson wrote: “...we discovered through our efforts that before the CDC mysteriously stopped counting Swine Flu cases, they had learned that almost none of the cases they had counted as Swine Flu was, in fact, Swine Flu or any sort of flu at all!” Ms Attkisson’s investigation was fair, accurate, legally approved. Does that mean that the public took and gave their children an experimental vaccine that may not have been necessary? Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world must have taken the expensive drug for no reason. Governments stockpiled the drugs as swine flu was declared a pandemic by the WHO obligating governments all over to buy drugs. Every taxpayer in all those countries has the right to question that. Do we learn any lessons from these happenings? If not, we will have to re-live those experiences. Now, with the new threat of Zika, do we become wiser? 
The other day, I met the health minister of Karnataka, UT Khader, who was all worked up about this threat of Zika. His whole department is working overtime to stop the devil, Zika, from invading Karnataka. I did try my best to tell him the other side of the coin but, I wonder, if he has accepted that. In the bargain, I got an opportunity to inform him that the best method to stop malaria is to give every poor man, woman and child a mosquito net. I think, that seems to have sunk in. He told me that he will think along those lines. This was the only plus point of the whole meeting.
“Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.” — Wallace Stevens



Meenal Mamdani

7 months ago

The one good point in this article is the recommendation to give mosquito nets to the people who live in areas where mosquitoes are numerous.

It is strange that the article blames organizations like WHO for giving alerts about possible epidemics. As the writer should know, it is better to provide warnings of possible epidemics than try to stop the spread of one that is already in progress. Then the author would blame the organization for sitting by doing nothing while the epidemic caused havoc.

WHO cannot say for sure if something will happen. It can only announce alerts and the possibility that something may happen. So if it does not happen, should we blame WHO or should we thank it for alerting countries to take precautionary steps and stopping the infection from spreading and becoming an epidemic.

This article reminds me of the argument my mother used to have with me. If her blood tests did not show any abnormality, she believed that her money was wasted and she had been defrauded. She had been raised with the practice in India that one only gets a test after one has become ill. The idea of preventive medicine was novel to her as it seems to be for this author.



In Reply to Meenal Mamdani 6 days ago

Meenal, before starting to attack the author, do realize that this article was not written by a journo. The author is of this article is a very eminent doctor Dr. BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee. His opinions and conclusions have more credibility than yours.

kapil bajaj

In Reply to Meenal Mamdani 6 months ago

Thanks Meenal for your puerile reading of a very good article and providing some humour.

One good point in your idle comment is your reference to your mummy.

One now has an idea where you got your intelligence from!

Meenal Mamdani

In Reply to kapil bajaj 6 months ago

You are making personal attacks on me and my mother which is a very uncivil thing to do.

You have not indicated why the points I have made are childish.

Namely that WHO is to be commended for sending alerts about possible epidemics. WHO cannot say with 100% certainty whether an epidemic will occur until it is well in progress. By the time vaccine companies can produce sufficient vaccine to use as preventive action, hundreds of thousands may succumb.

You are also probably aware that viruses mutate. This has been particularly problematic with Influenza virus. CDC and WHO make an educated guess about the type of virus. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they are wrong.

Vaccination to prevent an illness is accepted medical practice, not a gimmick perpetrated by WHO.


In Reply to Meenal Mamdani 6 months ago

Dear Meenal
FWIW, pharma makes big, big money from imaginary scares, creating unnecessary medicine, etc. Sometimes alas, international bodies, govts, well established Drs. are hand in glove with the pharma. E.g I saw how flu shots were sold as absolutely essential in the US, sent to all old homes, schools, etc. often at govt cost. It was most unnecessary. This has happened before so you and I have to be careful before accepting their word. I am sure you appreciate this.

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