The key accused in the murder of NIA Deputy Superintendent Tanzeel Ahmed has told police that he killed the officer for not returning Rs 82 lakh, with which he was supposed to buy a gun and a flat in the capital for the gangster.

Muneer, who was arrested on June 28, made the revelation during his interrogation. His five-day remand in Bijnor police custody ends on Saturday.

The money given to Ahmed had been looted by Muneer and his gang in two separate incidents, police said.

“Tanzeel was aware that the money was related to the loot incidents,” SP Umesh Kumar Srivastava said.

“Dispute between Tanzeel and Muneer began when the Deputy SP did not purchase the flat or the pistol for the gangster. Muneer kept asking Tanzeel to return his money. He also started suspecting that Tanzeel was passing information about him and his associates to the police,” Srivastava said.

DIG, Moradabad Range, Onkar Singh , “Muneer told police during interrogation that he gave Tanzeel Rs 60 lakh to purchase a flat in Delhi and Rs 22 lakh to buy a pistol.”

Singh said the police are trying to corroborate Muneer’s claim that Tanzeel had asked him to kill a Muslim cleric in Muzaffarnagar.

Police said the Rs 60 lakh given to Tanzeel was related to a Rs 1.5 crore ATM robbery, carried out by Muneer and his gang in north Delhi’s Roop Nagar in November, 2014. The Rs 22 lakh he later gave Ahmed was from a Rs 91 lakh robbery, carried out by Muneer in Dhampur area of Bijnor on December 28 last year, police said. Muneer claimed he had given the money to Tanzeel at his house in Delhi, police said.

Srivastava said police would seek Muneer’s remand in the Dhampur loot case as well.

Meanwhile, the Bijnor police Thursday took Muneer to Lucknow to recover a pistol he was carrying with him at the time of Tanzeel’s murder. “A .9 mm pistol has been recovered from a place in Lucknow,” Circle Officer, Dhampur, Ashok Kumar Yadav said.

Ahmed and his wife Farzana were shot dead near their house in Bijnor’s Syohara police station area on April 2.