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Insiders Under Lens in Pilot Murder Case

Published: 26th November 2014 06:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2014 06:05 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU:Police on Tuesday said they have achieved a breakthrough in the Parvez Khokhar murder case, but did not reveal details.

The ace pilot, who had turned private consultant after retiring as air commodore from the Indian Air Force, was found dead in his villa at Huskur village, near Electronics City, on Monday.

Hebbagodi police said they had questioned various people, including domestic workers and security guards.

A police source ruled out any professional angle to the case. “Clearly, personal issues were involved and insiders are behind the murder,” he said.

No documents were ransacked before or after the crime. More than two men entered the fully secured premises after jumping over the compound wall.

They got into the villa through the terrace, he said. The murder was not premeditated as the intruders had carried no weapons. It is likely Khokhar knew them. “They could have murdered him fearing he would reveal their identity to the police,” he said.

Police have questioned his wife Promila to find out if he was embroiled in any property disputes.

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Investigators are wondering why the intruders did not touch his laptop, camera and other valuables, lying around in his bedroom. They are also trying to understand why the intruders locked up Promila in her room if their idea was to burgle the villa. The killers had tied up his hands and legs.

Parvez Khokar, who served with the Indian Air Force for 35 years, was highly regarded for his aviator skills. He had flown 60 types of aircraft without a single accident, and was Project Director (Flight Tests) for the Tejas light combat aircraft project.

The autopsy was conducted on Tuesday after his daughters flew in from Delhi. His body is in a morgue at a private hospital, and the last rites will be performed on Wednesday.



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