murders in Anaheim, near Los Angles
national arrested in connection of NRI father and daughter murder
Orange County, Los Angeles, May 29, 2007
Bangladeshi national Iftekhar Murtaza, 22, of Van
Nuys was arrested at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona in
connection with the Dhanak murders in Anaheim, near Los Angeles.
According to the Anaheim Police, Iftekhar Murtaza a person of
interest. Reports say the man, Iftekar Murtaza, was arrested on
a fugitive warrant. Looks like he was preparing to flee the country
with a one-way ticket to Bangladesh.
- On May 21, 2007, NRI Jayprakash Dhanak, 56, and his daughter
Karishma Dhanak, 20, were killed and their home was set on fire.
Their charred bodies were found on a trail in a nearby park.
The victims were stabbed, strangled and burned, according to
- Jayprakash Dhanak's wife, Leela, Dhana, 53, ' had been beaten
and left for dead on a neighbor's lawn. She remains hospitalized.
Bangladeshi national Iftekhar Murtaza,
22, of Van Nuys was arrested at Sky Harbor Airport in
Phoenix, Arizona in connection with the Dhanak murders. He was
reportedly the ex-boyfriend of the surviving Shayona Dhanak
- Iftekhar Murtaza was a ex-boyfriend of Shayona Dhanak, 18,
younger sister of Karishma and daughter of Jayprakash, who did
not live home and was not there on the day of the murder. She
is under police protection.
- He was reportedly the ex-boyfriend of the surviving daughter
and noted problems between him and her family.
- The Dhanaks family were Hindu and Murtaza was Muslim, according
to the newspaper. The victims were stabbed, strangled and burned,
according to the documents.
The suspect was upset with Shayona's parents and sister for discontinuing
the relationship due to different religious backgrounds, Hindu
and Muslim," the court papers said. The court documents mention
religion may have played a role in the crime.
After his arrest, Iftekhar Murtaza told authorities that he was
not in Anaheim the day or evening of the killings but telephone
records indicated that his cell phone was used less than two miles
from the crime scene and about 90 minutes before the killings,
court documents said.
The police noted that 'based on the brutality of
the crime, we believe there was more than one suspect involved.'
NRI Jayprakash Dhanak described as soft spoken but
who also had a history of legal problems
Jayprakash Dhanak, 56, killed
Daughter Karishma Dhanak, 20, killed
Shayona Dhanak, 18, younger sister of Karishma , SURVIVED