‘Missing’ in Ramban, Lucknow family never visited J&K

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/19/2022 9:33:58 PM

*Man killed parents, brother in hometown

JAMMU, Jan 19: Three members of a family from Lucknow believed to have gone missing in Ramban while on their way from Jammu to Srinagar were actually murdered in their home-town before their scheduled visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier reports had said that three members of a family from Lucknow -- Mehmood Ali Khan, his wife Darakshan and their son, Shavez -- had gone missing in Ramban district while they were on way from Jammu to Srinagar.
News agency IANS, quoting police and family members of Khan, made startling revelations about the Lucknow family – all three members of which were killed by Mehmood Khan’s elder son, Sarfaraz Khan. Their bodies with slit throats were found by Police in Lucknow.
The report said that according to Salim Khan, brother-in-law of Mehmood Ali Khan, all 3 members were murdered by Sarfaraz Khan on January 5, the day they were leaving towards Jammu by train.
"After disposing of their dead bodies, he meticulously planned to mislead the relatives and police. He clandestinely visited Jammu and Kashmir and messaged via whatsApp from his father's mobile phone on 14th January morning in which he posed as his younger brother, Shavez and said that they are stuck on the highway due to landslides.
"He even posted some pictures of the highway," said the report quoting sources.
The details of the case came to light when the J&K police traced the phone in Lucknow that was used to send WhatsApp message.
Police said Sarfraz had murdered his father, mother and brother in Lucknow itself. On January 6, the body of a youth with slit throat was found on Lucknow's Mall Road in the Itaunja area.
Police were unable to identify the body. After this, two more bodies with slit throats were found in the Malihabad area in Lucknow.
After the photographs of the three persons allegedly missing in J&K's Ramban area were published, police in Lucknow were able to identify all the three.
Subsequent investigation revealed that the eldest son of the family, Sarfraz had murdered them. Sarfraz has been taken into custody.
Police said other contacts of Sarfraz are also being questioned. The motive of the gruesome crime is still not known.



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