Mumbai: Parvez Tak, stepfather of starlet Laila Khan, was on Wednesday chargesheeted for murdering her and five of her family members.

The 924-page chargesheet was filed in the metropolitan magistrate court by Crime Branch against the Kishtwar-based contractor for killing Laila (30), her mother Shelina (51), elder sister Azmina (32), twin siblings Zara and Imran (25) and cousin Reshma.

The starlet and her family had gone missing from Mumbai in February 2011. A case of kidnapping was registered at the Oshiwara police station here on July 3 on a complaint by her biological father Nadir Patel.

Tak, the third husband of Laila's mother Shelina, had allegedly told investigators that he wiped out the entire family due to its continued reliance on Ashif Sheikh, her second husband.

On the night of February 7 last year, Tak had a heated argument with Shelina (51) at the family's farmhouse in Igatpuri near Nashik after which he hit her with a blunt object, causing her death, police said.

As other family members came to her rescue, Tak called Shakir Hussain Wani, whom he had appointed as a watchman two months before the incident, and the two killed them following a scuffle.

The Crime Branch units had recovered six skeletons from a pit at the farmhouse.

Police have recorded statements of 101 witnesses and nine out of them have identified Tak during the identification parade.

In the chargesheet, police also said they have recovered two knives, an iron spike, wooden sticks and two cars.

According to investigators, Parvez did not like that Sheikh was still maintaining contact with the family and their decision to relocate to Dubai made him feel abandoned as he did not have a passport.

(Agencies)

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