To establish that the murders of Laila Khan and five of her family members were preplanned, the Mumbai police have asked their counterparts in Jammu & Kashmir to look out for Shabir Hussein, the second accused in the case, who is still at large.
The police have learnt from main accused Parvez Tak that Hussein was staying at the family’s Igatpuri farmhouse for nearly two months before the murders, sources said.
“He was recommended by Parvez for the job,” sources said, adding that it appears the murder plan was hatched by Parvez well in advance. Sources said that, if need arises, a crime branch team may also go to J&K to search for Hussein. Two previous watchmen whose statements the crime branch has recorded were fired from the job by Khan’s mother Celina Patel.
Tak has told the police that after they returned to J&K on February 12, 2011, Hussein and he went their separate ways. Tak went back to his family and started taking up road contracts.
Tak had made a PAN card in the name of Nadir Patel, Celina’s first husband, which the police suspect was to claim the family’s properties. “We suspect Parvez had it all planned out and was waiting for the right moment,” sources said.
The police are also trying to get an estimate of the jewellery and cash which the two made away with after the murder.