‘One or more could’ve been killed on first floor’

A mattress recovered from the pit in which six skeletons — believed to be of Laila Khan and her relatives — found at the family’s Igatpuri farmhouse suggests that one or more victims

Written by Megha Sood | Mumbai | Published: July 17, 2012 3:30 am

A mattress recovered from the pit in which six skeletons — believed to be of Laila Khan and her relatives — found at the family’s Igatpuri farmhouse suggests that one or more victims might have been killed in a separate scuffle with the accused Pervez Tak and Shakir Hussain on the first floor,sources said.

The Crime Branch had earlier said that following a late-night argument on July 8,Pervez and Laila’s mother Shelina had come down from their first floor room,following which he delivered a fatal blow with an iron rod. Seeing Shelina’s condition,the other five victims then got into a scuffle with Pervez and Shakir,the police had said.

“The mattress found in the trench may have been used on the first floor. In his statement,Pervez had often mentioned that all family members were on the ground floor. However,we now have reason to believe that one or more persons could have been killed on the first floor,” said an officer,who did not wish to be named. The Crime Branch also found a bank locker under Laila’s name in the city,sources said. “We will go through the contents of the locker to see if anything is missing. That will help us understand what the motive could have been,” said the officer.

The police have not ruled out property as the motive. “We need clinching evidence and are trying to get that.”

On Monday,a team of Crime Branch officers and forensic experts visited Laila’s Oshiwara flat to secure forensic evidence against the accused. Pervez allegedly told the police that following the murders,he had returned to the Oshiwara flat and cleaned it out.

The police,meanwhile,are on the lookout for the agent who helped Pervez Tak secure a PAN card from the city. Senior Crime Branch officers said they are likely to book the agent for forgery-related offences.

DNA sample taken from Laila’s grandmother

After six skeletons,believed to be of actor Laila Khan and five relatives,were recovered from a pit in the family’s Igatpuri farmhouse by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch last Tuesday,a DNA sample was taken on Sunday from the starlet’s grandmother to confirm the identities of the victims,sources said.

With one of the victims believed to be Laila’s cousin Reshma alias Tali,a DNA sample was also secured from Tali’s mother.

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