Dr. Saman and daughter laid to rest in Pakistan


LONDON: A doctor who was killed alongside her 14-year-old daughter has been laid to rest in her home country Pakistan. The bodies of Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi and her 14-year-old daughter Vian Mangrio were discovered on October 1 in their Colne Road, Reedley, home.

A police investigation has revealed that the pair had been attacked and assaulted before a fire was set inside the property.  A post mortem examination showed Dr Sacharvi died as a result of compression to the neck, but a cause of death for Vian has not been established.

Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi and daughter Vian Mangrio

Shabaz Khan, 51, of Ribble Avenue, Burnley, has been charged with two offences of murder and a further offence of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered. He is due to stand trial next June.

Pakistani news outlets have now reported that Dr Sacharvi’s body was flown to Pakistan. Dr Taha Hussain, Dr Sacharvi’s brother, had confirmed his sister had been buried in Tando Jahania, a district of Hyderabad, a city in the Sindh province of Pakistan.

Lancashire Police have also confirmed that both Dr Sacharvi and Vian’s bodies have been released to family.

the bodies of Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi and Vian Mangrio, 14, were found after a fire at their home in Colne Road, Reedley on Thursday.

The 49-year-old mother died “as a result of pressure to the neck”, Lancashire Police said. In a social media post, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our thoughts are with Dr Sacharvi’s family and friends at this terribly sad time.

“She was a well-loved and well-liked colleague here at the Trust, described as ‘brilliant’ and a ‘joy to work with’.”

A post-mortem examination also found Dr Sacharvi had been assaulted. Tests to establish Miss Mangrio’s cause of death are under way. Police said the 14-year-old, who was a student at Marsden Heights School in Nelson, was found badly burnt inside the house.