No one has contacted me: Laila’s father

Two days after the Mumbai Police Crime Branch recovered six skeletons believed to be of actor Laila Khan and her family from a deep pit at their Igatpuri farmhouse,her father Nadir Shah Patel,who is the complainant in the case,claimed he was yet to be officially informed of the recent developments by the police.

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 13, 2012 3:50 am

Two days after the Mumbai Police Crime Branch recovered six skeletons believed to be of actor Laila Khan and her family from a deep pit at their Igatpuri farmhouse,her father Nadir Shah Patel,who is the complainant in the case,claimed he was yet to be officially informed of the recent developments by the police.

“I am reading it in newspapers,watching it on television. I am the complainant in the case and father to the children. Not even a constable has called me to inform me about the find. It is tragic,” Patel said.

On Wednesday,Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy had said it could not be conclusively stated that the skeletons belonged to Laila and her relatives till a forensic probe was complete.

“Even the doctors have not called me for taking any blood sample for the DNA tests. I am yet to hear from anyone,” he claimed. Patel was the first to register a missing persons case in 2011,which was eventually registered as a kidnapping case on July 5. Patel’s complaint was then converted to a case of murder after the Crime Branch found six bodies stacked one above the other in trenches.

Meanwhile,forensic experts and doctors from the anatomy department of JJ Hospital have begun piecing together the skeletal remains unearthed from the farmhouse,and matching the skeletons to the murder victims. An analysis is also being conducted on the nature of injuries on the skeletons,in order to corroborated the account given by arrested accused Pervez Tak of how he,along with wanted accused Shakir Huusain,had allegedly overpowered the victims and murdered them.

“We had to match the bones and ascertain the body they belonged to. We have now started to probe the forensics of the bones to ensure we reconstruct the bodies,” said Doctor T P Lahane,Dean at JJ Hospital.

The six skeletons — believed to be of Shelina,52,Hazmina,32,Laila,30 and Zara,25 Imran,25 and Reshma,19 — were found stacked in trenches on Tuesday night by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch at Laila’s Igatpuri farmhouse

The Crime Branch is still interrogating Tak. The investigating agency has also questioned two men going by the name Sonu. Tak has alleged that the family planned to migrate to Dubai and relocate on the invitation of a family friend named Sonu.

“He claims that the family did not want him in Dubai. He says that the argument that night started when he questioned his wife Shelina about her trust on Asif. He claims he was upset with them as they did not have any plans to take him to Dubai,” Niket Kaushik said. The Crime Branch is also questioning Tak on the scuffle with the victims,as they are attempting to match the nature of injuries found on the skeletons with the murder weapon used.

At least three skeletons show severe fractures on the skull,with heavy bruises seen on the skeleton believed to be of the only male killed,Imran.

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