“SOMEONE knows something about the man we want”.
That was the message from Huddersfield detectives today as they and a grieving community marked the 10th anniversary of an horrific crime.
And they hope that a new appeal over the terrible arson attack on a Birkby house which claimed eight lives will finally bring closure to the case – and a killer to justice.
Shahid Mohammed has been on the run since police began inquiries into the arson attack in the early hours of May 12, 2002.
It was a crime that caused the deaths of three generations of the Chishti family.
Just before 2am petrol was poured into their home at 40 Osborne Road in Birkby, Huddersfield - leading to the horrific deaths of eight people.
The victims killed instantly were Muhammad Ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, his sister Nefessa Aziz, 35, and her five young children – Tayyaba Batool, 3, Rabia Batool, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, 5, Aneesa Nawaz, 2, and Najeeba Nawaz, aged just six months.
Fifty-four-year Mrs Zaib-un-Nisa died in hospital a week later on Sunday May 19.
Her husband, Mr Abdul Chishti, son and daughter escaped.
The investigation that followed the blaze became the largest multiple murder investigation that West Yorkshire Police had handled in nearly 30 years.
In July, 2003, three Huddersfield men – Shakiel Shazad, Shaied Iqbal and Nasar Hussain – were convicted for their part in the crime.
But 20-year old Shahid Mohammed, who was arrested in the early days of the investigation, escaped justice by failing to answer bail.
Now, on the tenth anniversary of the fire, police are renewing an appeal for information on his whereabouts.
Det Supt Sukhbir Singh, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, who is leading the investigation said: “For a decade now the Chishti family have had to live with the fact that not every person connected to what happened in May 2002 has been brought to justice.