J&K police have said the Bollywood starlet Laila Khan, missing for the last 11 months, was murdered along with her four family members on Mumbai outskirts last year. Police said Pervez Tak, who had married Salima Begum, the mother of Laila Khan, had allegedly confessed to the crime during interrogation.
"He admitted to his crime and named four other accused. However, his confession can only be confirmed with the recovery of bodies and weapons used in the crime," DIG Doda-Ramban range Garib Dass told HT.
Nadir Patel, ex-husband of Salima, had filed a missing report about his family members at Oshiwara police station last February.
According to police, Tak (35) married Salima Patel, about 20 years elder to him, with the sole intention of usurping her property worth crores.
"Pervez said Laila, Salima, siblings Zara Patel and Imran Patel and cousin Reshma Patel were shot dead on the outskirts of Mumbai in February last year," police said.
Pervez had contested unsuccessfully the 2008 J&K assembly elections from Inderwal constituency in Kishtwar district on an NCP ticket and was a frequent visitor to Mumbai. He came in contact with Salima and introduced himself as contractor. Latter, the two got married.
Police said that initially Salima did not disclosed her third marriage to Pervez and introduced him as a domestic help. Pervez was arrested in May from Jammu.
The DIG said Pervez had named film producer Asif Sheikh and real estate developer Afghan Khan as his coaccused. Asif and Afghan were also regular visitors at Salima's house.
Police said all the accused came to Jammu in two vehicles after the crime and stayed at a local hotel. After some days, Pervez left for Kishtwar in an Outlander, which he parked at a shop he had rented.
The presence of the luxury SUV in a remote district, and not in use for months, aroused suspicion which eventually led to the arrest of Pervez.