DETECTIVES hunting a man wanted in connection with an arson attack that caused the deaths of three generations of a Huddersfield family have released a digitally enhanced photo to show what he could look like more than 10 years on.
Shahid Mohammed, pictured in 2002, was arrested following a major house fire which led to the deaths of eight members of the Chishti family in Birkby, however he has remained at large since failing to answer police bail.
Six-month-old Najeebah Nawaz, Aneesa Nawaz, two, Tayyaba Bootall, three, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Rabiah Bootall, 10, Muhammed Ateeq-Ur-Rehman, 18, Nafeesa Aziz aged 35 and all died in the fire at 40 Osborne Road on May 12, 2002 and 54-year old Zaib-U-Nisa died in hospital a week later.
Using age progression technology an image has been created depicting what Shahid Mohammed could look like now.
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The image is being used as part of a ‘Day of Action’ where the investigation team along with NPT officers are taking to the streets of Kirklees to re-new their appeal for information about his whereabouts.
In various locations Huddersfield and Kirklees, leaflets are being handed out, posters are being displayed and a media display van is travelling around showing video clips including an interview with Siddiquah Aziz . All materials have been translated into Urdu as well as in English.
Crimestoppers have also renewed their offer of a £10,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of Shahid Mohammed.
In July 2003, three Huddersfield men - Shaied Iqbal, Shakiel Shazad Amir, and Nazar Hussain were convicted for their part in the crime. Nazar Hussain has since been released on parole.
Detective Superintendent Lisa Griffin of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, who is leading the investigation to find Shahid Mohammed said: “It’s essential we find Shahid Mohammed, not only to bring him to justice but also to provide some closure for the Christi family.
“For more than a decade now they have had to live with losing their loved ones in such a horrific way and knowing that not every person connected with the fire has been brought to account.
“Using the age progression process we have been able to create an image of what Shahid Mohammed could look like now and we are asking if people have seen this man or who may know his whereabouts to get in touch.
“My investigation team with the support of local NPT Officers are spending time in local communities across Kirklees reminding people what happened during the early hours of May 12, 2002 in an attempt trace and locate Shahid Mohammed.
“Since the fire the family have remained dignified but have had to allow their lives to carry on despite knowing so many lives were cut short, babies should have grown up to be children, children into teenagers and teenagers into adults.
“The investigation that followed the blaze became the largest multiple murder investigation that West Yorkshire Police had handled in nearly 30 years and we remain as determined as ever to trace Shahid Mohammed.
"I strongly believe that someone in the local community knows something about Shahid Mohammed that could help the Chishti family end their pain.
"I am appealing for that person to come forward and tell us what they know about Shahid Mohammed - a man involved in mass murder. They can also contact us anonymously, via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”