Missing starlet: Kidnap case registered

Following a complaint by missing starlet Laila Khan’s father Nadir Shah Patel,a case of kidnapping with intent to wrongfully confine was registered against Pervez Ahmed Tak (35) and Asif Sheikh (35) at the Oshiwara police station on Wednesday.

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 5, 2012 3:46:37 am

Following a complaint by missing starlet Laila Khan’s father Nadir Shah Patel,a case of kidnapping with intent to wrongfully confine was registered against Pervez Ahmed Tak (35) and Asif Sheikh (35) at the Oshiwara police station on Wednesday. The case will be investigated by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch,said senior police officers.

The Crime Branch will also approach a local court to seek a production warrant to get Pervez’s custody from the J&K Police within a week.

A missing person’s complaint had earlier been registered at the Oshiwara police station following the disappearance of Laila and six others,including her mother Shelina Patel (50),elder sister Hazmina,twin siblings Zara and Imran,and a relative in 2011. The complaint was registered by Laila’s father and Shelina’s first husband,Nadir Shah Patel.

Pervez was arrested by the J&K police last month after they got information that he was hiding in Hyderabad. They approached the Nashik police last week —with the family last seen at their farmhouse in Igatpuri — as they did not have the jurisdiction to probe the matter since no offence had been registered against Pervez.

While inquiries were conducted by the Maharashtra ATS after reports that the family’s cars were used for ferrying explosives for the Delhi HC blast,the case was given back to the Oshiwara police as no evidence was found to support the theory.

In his complaint to the police,Nadir alleged that Pervez and Asif are responsible for kidnapping the six.

“Last February,the six persons had gone to their farmhouse in Igatpuri. Witnesses said Pervez and Asif were also there. They are said to have left suddenly and told the caretaker that they were going to J&K,from where they seem to have disappeared. Our task is to locate them,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy.

The Mahindra Scorpio,which the missing persons had travelled in,was later found in J&K,said Crime Branch officers.

“Asif was believed to have had a live-in relationship with Shelina,while Pervez was married to her. Pervez’s custody will be of importance in this regard,” said a Crime Branch officer.

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