Mumbai: The 17-month-old mystery surrounding Bollywood actress Laila Khan and her family's disappearance has finally been solved it seems by the Mumbai Crime Branch. They claim to have recovered the skeletal remains of Laila and her family. According to the police, they were bludgeoned to death.
"We have been able to recover six human skeletons in a pit. We have also recovered iron rod, two knives and jewellery on the skeletons," said Himanshu Roy, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Mumbai Police.
The claims by the police come days after the main accused, Parvez Tak, allegedly confessed to murdering Laila Khan and her family on February 7, 2011. The police are also on the look out for another accused, Shakir Hussain, who is allegedly an accomplice.
In 2008, Laila acted in Rajesh Khanna-starrer 'Wafaa', and later, she went missing along with her mother and four siblings.
Their mobile phones were last traced to Igatpuri near Nashik in Maharashtra. Her mother's bungalow in Igatpuri from where the six skeletons have been recovered, was set on fire to destroy evidence while two high-end cars of hers were found in Kashmir.
Laila's step-father Parvez allegedly killed the family to usurp their properties across Mumbai and outside. He allegedly bludgeoned them to death and buried them at the premises of the Igatpuri farmhouse.
"While the other family members were on the first floor, Parvez and Saleena had an argument after which he hit her with a blunt object," said Roy.
He further said, "After the murder, pillows and mattresses soaked in blood were thrown in the pit and the bungalow was set on fire to destroy evidence."
Parvez claimed he murdered the family in a fit of rage as he feared that they would leave him and settle in Dubai and that he was insecure of Laila's second stepfather. While the murder mystery may have been solved, investigators still need to gather enough evidence to secure a conviction.