Laila Khan murder case:
Mumbai: The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) said on Friday the Laila Khan matter was a murder case and there was no terror angle to it.
Initially, a case of kidnapping was registered against Parvez Iqbal Tak, the main accused and Laila’s mother Saleena’s third husband, andAasif Shaikh, Saleena’s second husband. “We told the director general of police that this was a caseof murder and no terror angle was involved,” said an ATS officer. “The DGP took a call on the matter and handed over investigation to the crime branch of Mumbai Police.”
A section of the media had reported aboutlinksbetween Laila and LeT terrorists. “But there is no evidence to prove this. It’s a rumour,” the ATS officer said. “We summoned several people and questioned them to verify if Laila or any of her family members had any connection with terror outfits. But such a link could not be established.”
He said the ATS never questioned Tak. “He was on the run and finally caught by J&K Police. Some people have said that we questionedhim,butcould notextract any information. This is not true.”
The Times of India, July 14, 2012