The Metropolitan Police Service London (MPS), also known as the Scotland Yard, has said that Dr Imran Farooq was about to launch a new independent political career before his death and that remained a key line of inquiry in the investigation.
Police know that in July 2010, Dr Farooq set up a Facebook profile and amassed a large number of contacts through the social network. “However, we retain an open mind as to his murder,” the force said.
It is thought that his murder would have required careful planning and help from other people, some of whom may have provided assistance or information unwittingly.
Scotland Yard issued a fresh appeal for assistance in the Imran Farooq murder investigation on Monday.
On the third death anniversary of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s former leader, the police appealed again to the people to come forward with any information that may lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those involved in the murder and offered a reward of up to £20,000 in this regard.
Dr Farooq was on his way home from work when he was attacked in Green Lane, Edgware, London, shortly before 17:30hrs on September 16, 2010.
Dr Farooq, 50, died as a result of multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head. A five and a half inch-bladed kitchen knife and a house brick used in the attack were recovered at the scene.
Detectives from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) who are investigating his murder are committed to finding those responsible. To date they have spoken to 4,076 people, reviewed 6,350 documents and followed up 2,114 lines of inquiry in order to bring his killers to justice.