An otherwise deserted hill in the Unthadhari mountain range off the Mumbai-Agra highway in Igatpuri turned into an impromptu picnic spot on Wednesday. The visitors, mostly locals, were however not there for sightseeing, but to have a peek at the bungalow where six horrific murders — of starlet Laila Khan and five of her kin — took place in February last year, and in whose courtyard six skeletons were unearthed earlier this week.
Aisha Pathan, 38, who runs a tea stall on the highway not far from the farmhouse, did brisk business considering it was the only stall in the area. “While the bungalow has been in the news for long, there were not many visitors earlier. However, since this morning, many people have come here.”
Several vehicles were parked near the tea stall as their owners were seen walking towards the hill from where Khan’s bungalow can been seen across a ravine. While a man pointed towards it on the distant hill to his son, a group of youngsters were taking turns to get themselves photographed against its backdrop.
Sunil Poman, 45, a local from a nearby village, said, “We had been following the case as we knew Khan resided at this bungalow. Our relatives had come over yesterday, and were curious to see it after it was reported that six persons had been buried here.”
Apart from the locals, many travellers on the Mumbai-Agra Highway also halted for a look after seeing the large number of media persons who had gathered at the spot.