New Delhi: In another breakthrough in the Laila Khan case, the Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday claimed to have arrested the Bollywood starlet’s stepfather Asif Sheikh in Bangalore. Sheikh had married Laila's mother after she divorced her first husband. The Jammu and Kashmir police and their Mumbai counterparts will now interrogate him to check the veracity of the claim that Laila and her family were killed in Mumbai as alleged by Parvez Iqbal Tak.
Meanwhile, the police have got the remand of eight more days of suspected militant and Laila’s family friend Parvez Iqbal Tak.
Garib Das, DIG Doda Ramban range, said, "The police are looking at the possibility of Laila Khan and her family members being killed in Mumbai. The police are likely to visit Mumbai for further investigation in the case."
The police's statement came on the basis of the alleged confessions of Tak, who was arrested recently by the state's police. The J&K police want to further investigate the case.
A team from the Mumbai crime branch is in Jammu and Kashmir to seek the custody of Pervez Tak. The Mumbai Police began its own investigation on Wednesday.
Tak had reportedly said that Laila married a close aide of India's most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim.
Pakistan-born Bollywood starlet Laila Khan went missing with her family about a year ago, from a shop in Kishtwar town on May 29.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had been looking for the actor and her family including the mother who reportedly left Mumbai for Kishtwar with one Ateeq Khan, a Kashmiri, to attend a wedding. The family was reportedly missing ever since.
Laila's father, Nadir Shah Patel, had filed a complaint at a Mumbai police station stating that his daughter has gone missing along with her mother Saleena Patel, sister Azmina Patel, her stepfather Asif Sheikh and family friend Pervez Iqbal Tak.
Laila Khan aka Sara had debuted opposite Rajesh Khanna in film ‘Wafaa’ in 2008. Rakhi Sawant's director brother Rakesh had launched Laila in the film.