MP Barry Sheerman is calling for top-level action to bring Huddersfield’s most wanted man to justice.
He is determined that everything possible is done to bring Shahid Mohammed before a court, to face charges over the horrific Birkby arson attack which killed eight people.
The Huddersfield MP has written to West Yorkshire Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison, asking him what steps are being taken to track down Mohammed. And he also plans to raise the issue in the House of Commons, with an Early Day Motion.
Mr Sheerman’s action comes after survivors of the May 2002 arson attack repeated their appeal for help in tracking down one of the fire-bomb suspects.
Mohammed, 27, of Huddersfield, vanished while on bail in the early stages of the police inquiry into the fire in Osborne Road, which claimed eight lives – including five young children.
At a service in Birkby to dedicate a new memorial to the victims, survivor Muhammad Shafique urged people to come forward with information about the wanted man, to help bring closure.
Mr Sheerman said: “This was the most horrific murder ever in Huddersfield, other than the Yorkshire Ripper, and it brought sadness to the whole town.
“I have asked Sir Norman what the police are doing to try and bring this man to justice.
“Three of the perpetrators of the crime have been convicted and sentenced but it does appear this man was one of the ringleaders and should be brought before a court.
“I have asked Sir Norman for his views as a matter of urgency and I will then look at putting in an Early Day Motion so it can be debated in Westminster.
“There are suggestions he could be in Pakistan and if necessary, I will seek a meeting with the Pakistan High Commission to see what more can be done”.