The Mumbai police crime branch will on Saturday apply for custody of Pervez Tak, in the case of actor Laila Khan’s kidnapping in the Kishtwar court of Jammu.
Officials hope to have Tak’s custody by Saturday and if everything goes according to plan, Tak is likely to be brought to the city by Monday. Tak is in the custody of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police in connection with three cheating cases registered there.
A senior official of the crime branch said the team reached Jammu on Thursday night by flight, and arrived in Kishtwar on Friday after a 9-hour-long journey. “We will be putting in a production warrant before the court on Saturday,” the official said. He added that the J&K police had agreed to cooperate with them.
Asif Sheikh, the second accused in the case, was in the city, he said, but he would be detained and questioned only after Tak was brought to the city.
On Wednesday, an offence was registered by Nadir Patel, Laila’s father, with the Oshiwara police station, claiming Tak and Sheikh had kidnapped Laila and five other members of the family.
Officials said the director general of police (Maharashtra) K Subramanyam had asked the crime branch to take up the probe. The crime branch will also probe the fire at Laila’s residence at Igatpuri in February 2011.
Crime branch officials said that, according to cell phone records, Laila and her sister (one of the relatives kidnapped) were in Mumbai before they were abducted. Before that, Laila and her five family members were last seen with Tak in Igatpuri last year, when they told the caretaker of their house there that they were leaving for J&K for a wedding and would return in two months’ time. The house was set on fire a few days later.
Tak has told the J&K police that Laila and the family members had been killed for property, but the Mumbai police are being cautious about believing this.