Thane man kills 14 of own family members in cold blood, hangs himself

A woman who was also attacked by Warerkar has survived and is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Written by Rohit Alok , Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Updated: March 3, 2016 11:21 am
The house where the murder took place. Express photo by Deepak Joshi The house in Thane where the murder took place. Express Photo by Deepak Joshi

THE semi-urban village of Kasarwadavli, on the fringes of Thane city and a little over 45 km from Mumbai, woke up on Sunday to the gruesome news of 14 murders in a family. Hasnain Warekar, 35, employed at a financial services firm in Navi Mumbai, had allegedly slit the throats of his family members, including his wife, parents, sisters, and seven children, apart from his own three-month-old daughter, before hanging himself.

One sister survived the murderous spree, her account to investigators now critical to the police’s reconstruction of what happened in the Warekar home between 2 and 2.30 am Sunday.

Police suspect Hasnain sedated his family members before slitting their throats. He had earlier invited his three married sisters over for dinner. Police have not found any motive for the murders so far, though they are looking at a possible property dispute.

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Police were alerted by the neighbours, who around 3.15 am rescued Hasnain’s 21-year-old sister Subia Bharmar. She reportedly woke up just before Hasnain attacked her and managed to push him away as he swung the knife at her throat. Bleeding from the gash below her chin, she locked herself into a ground-floor bedroom where another sister lay dead, and was taken out by neighbours from there through a window.

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When police broke open the main door to the house a little before 4 am, they found Hasnain hanging, with a meat cleaver still clasped in his hand.

Subia has reportedly told investigators Hasnain would often say when irritated, “Sab ko khatam kar doonga (I will kill everyone)”. However, by all accounts, Hasnain, who worked as a senior accountant, was a shy, almost docile man, and these threats were never taken seriously.

Investigators have sought records from the Thane Municipal Corporation on property the Warekars owned in Kasarwadavli, where the family has lived for generations.

Relatives and neighbours have reportedly told officials that nearly four years ago, Hasnain had tried something similar, with a local ‘baba’ giving him medication that he administered to family members, who then remained unconscious for nearly 15 hours. Suspecting something amiss when the family missed morning prayers, the neighbours had reportedly rushed them to hospital.

While some strips of medication were found in a search of the Warekar house Sunday, an officer said Hasnain was under treatment of a dermatologist in a prominent Mumbai hospital.

Scene Outside The Thane House Where Man Allegedly Killed 14 Of His Family

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Hasnain lived in the house with his parents, 28-year-old wife Jabeen, two daughters and an unmarried sister, Batul, 30. On Saturday night, he had invited his three married sisters over for dinner, ostensibly to celebrate the fifth birthday of his elder daughter. Relatives say he was unusually persistent that the sisters come, while telling his three brothers-in-law to visit only on Sunday.

When one sister, a Navi Mumbai resident, said she couldn’t accept the invitation, he volunteered to pay the autorickshaw fare or come fetch her.

While Mariya, 28, and Shabina, 35, came from Koparkhairane, Subia, 22, the one who survived, came from Bhiwandi with her five-month-old daughter Arsiya.

The dinner menu was mainly home-cooked tandoori kebabs and was eaten around 1.30 am, after which everyone retired for the night. While Hasnain, his wife, two daughters and two of his sisters’ children slept in the first-floor bedroom, the others were in ground-floor rooms, including Hasnain’s parents Anwar, 60, and Asghari, 55.

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Between 2 am and 2.30 am, according to the police’s reconstruction, Hasnain killed his two daughters by slitting their throats with a knife used to slaughter goats. His three-month-old daughter, who was under a mosquito net, was also killed, as were his sisters’ children.

“His wife ran from the first floor to the ground-floor kitchen, where he eventually slit her throat as well,” an officer said. “The fact that she must have shouted but no one awoke makes us suspect the food had some sedatives. Forensic reports will verify that.”

The others were killed subsequently.

Altamash Warekar passing by the room in which Subia hid was the first to rush for help. “Subia was banging a steel glass on an eartern pot. She was bleeding from the left side of her neck. She told me her brother had attacked her family,” Altamash said.

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Ayaz Warekar, 38, Subia’s uncle who lives nearby, said she had indicated the same to him before passing out.

The local Kasarwadavli police station was informed even as Subia was rushed to the nearby Titan Hospital in an autorickshaw.

“Prima facie evidence suggests the accused bolted all the doors of the house and murdered his family while they were asleep with a knife. The accused then hung himself,” Joint Commissioner of Police Ashuthosh Dumbare said.

In her statement to police, Subia later said she had no idea what Hasnain’s motive could have been. “Our investigation is still underway,” said Dumbare.

“The family appears to be well-known in the area and Hasnain’s father had a very good reputation. Initial inquiry suggests there were no troubles within the family,” said a senior Thane police officer.

Here’s the list of the deceased:

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 28, 2016 at 11:05 am
    Hope this does not relate to any Jihadist killings, or one should jot say that police killed them as a false case on the say of LET , or one should not say they were hared by government......... Or shoukd not say that CA was unable to pay hafta to income tax officer .... Hence he was driven by govt to commit suicide..... Anyways kiiling if kids is very unfortunate ........ May god rest their souls in eternal peace ........
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      aryn
      Feb 28, 2016 at 7:12 am
      Are those names written by police, this means no one knows english, this shows the illiteracy of Maharashtra
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        Jyoti
        Feb 28, 2016 at 6:01 pm
        Are you an Islamic radical Ka. Using such language. The likes of you are involved in these acts. Shame o you
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          Jatin
          Feb 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm
          True follower of the religion of piece
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            Pras
            Feb 28, 2016 at 2:50 pm
            This is what happens when you sleep with 9 year old child girl
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              Pritesh
              Mar 2, 2016 at 7:11 am
              I think BJP had attempted this encounter. - Pappu's comment
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                StarofVela
                Feb 28, 2016 at 11:45 pm
                There are many such property disputes all around us which tend to linger for years without proper solution. It is very difficult to divide ancestral property especially if the male member is living in it and he has to support unmarried sisters too. Selling it and getting a good price can be difficult too. The elders of the community if the parents have ped away should try and resolve such disputes as soon as possible else it can have tragic consequences though not as sad as this. Before we condemn this man, we need to condemn the society that we have created where every family fends for itself and there is no community support to resolve such issues. We need small family grievances court with a time bound plan to resolve such issues.
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                  Yaks
                  Feb 29, 2016 at 1:19 am
                  Wow...some seriously ignorant and uneducated comments here. How on earth has this become a religious motive. Oh hang on let me guess Muslim guy involved let's keep it simple folks, blame it on the religion. Spare a though for the people who have lost their lives especially the young. A horrible and heinous atrocity.
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                    Rohit Sharma
                    Feb 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm
                    True follower of religion of piece
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                      Rohit Sharma
                      Feb 28, 2016 at 2:45 pm
                      What a true follower of Islam
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                        Abrar
                        Feb 28, 2016 at 10:21 am
                        This case resembles the Family murder case of UP where the girl and his boyfriend killed entire family and let her boyfriend run away then she cried for help..... here also a single survivor is a girl who yelled for help..... the alleged boy was a CA and well emplo with a firm.... so there must an angle to some outsider involvement and girl should also been taken into investigation.... Case of Shabnam and em from Muradabad.....
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                          aditi
                          Feb 28, 2016 at 5:25 pm
                          I agree..
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                            aditi
                            Feb 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm
                            Please don't make this a religious issue. It's very sad .. We are all one and going to the same God. Pray that the poor victims souls are in Peace
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                              aditi
                              Feb 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                              Terrorism has nothing to do with this issue. Here a disturbed man took the lives of his own family. Not the place to rake up more violence. It's terrible enough. Let it be pls.
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                                Alisina
                                Feb 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm
                                He loved his religion more than his family .
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                                  Alisina
                                  Feb 28, 2016 at 7:41 pm
                                  He was a devout follower of religion.
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                                    Ismail
                                    Mar 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm
                                    Correct we sacrifice animals unlike you only killing humans... Across the globe only you people does this... Shame on humanity.
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                                      Sudarshan
                                      Feb 28, 2016 at 7:22 pm
                                      I am human being don't ask my caste , i see the comment on this post so sad so see people are telling about religion.have a heart , i just pray to abolish religion from this world.
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                                        Avi
                                        Feb 28, 2016 at 11:07 am
                                        Typical muslim, I am not surprised at all.
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                                          KB
                                          Feb 28, 2016 at 5:58 am
                                          Sad News !!!! Jar, Jameen aur Joru... yah teen chize hai jinki wajah se sab jhagde hotey hai...
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                                            Chintoo
                                            Feb 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm
                                            He did this because his team (stan lost ) the match. See the flag in the picture. You can tell who he supports
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