As many as nine persons have identified Parvez Tak as the killer of Bollywood starlet Laila Khan and five of her family members. The family had gone missing in February 2011 from Mumbai.
The crime branch on Wednesday afternoon filed the charge sheet against Tak. The 924-page charge sheet includes statements of 101 witnesses and other scientific evidence to strengthen the prosecution case.
As per the case of the police, Khan and her family disappeared from their house in Oshiwara from February 2011. A year after their disappearance, Tak was arrested on June 21 from his native place Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir after Laila’s vehicles were found in the town.
Tak confessed to have killed Laila and her family members. The Jammu and Kashmir Police on July 7 handed Tak over to the Mumbai Police for questioning, following which he was brought to Mumbai the next day.
After the interrogation, on July 11, the crime branch recovered six skeletons within the premises of the starlet’s farmhouse in Igatpuri near Nashik, around 130km from Mumbai. The Mumbai police said that the family members were taken by Tak to the farmhouse, which was the last location traced through Laila’s cellphone records. A few days later, the farmhouse was set on fire.
In the charge sheet, the police said they have recovered two knives, iron spike, wooden sticks and two cars used by Tak, and name the watchman and associate of Tak, Shakir Hussain Wani, as a wanted accused.
On the evidence collected by the crime branch against Tak and the further course of action, Joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy said: “Substantial evidence has been collected against Tak. Although we have filed the charge sheet, the investigation is still on as one more accused is still to be arrested. We will add further evidence to the charge sheet as and when we get it.”