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Thane mass murder: Warekar had tried to sell bungalow, three plots but failed, says investigators

Neighbours, close friends have spoken about some ‘serious infighting’ in family, say police

Written by Rohit Alok | Mumbai | Published: March 9, 2016 12:48:29 am
Thane murder, Thane Mass murders, Thane mass murder case, Hasnain Warekar, suicide, 14 murders,  Kasarvadavli police station, sexual assault mentally ill sister The bungalow was made for Hasnain’s mother Asghari by his maternal grandfather.

Troubled by his debts, Hasnain Warekar had tried to sell off his bungalow in Kasarvadvali village where he lived, but failed, police said Tuesday. It was the same bungalow in Thane district where he killed 14 members of his family on February 28, before committing suicide.

Investigations have revealed that Warekar had a strained relationship with his parents for several years and his financial troubles since 2013 only worsened the ties with his family.

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The police are now recording the statements of neighbours and close friends of the Warekars who have reportedly told the police about some “serious infighting” within the family.

Warekar was facing a serious financial crisis, a debt of nearly Rs 68 lakh, after having taken loans to start an import business that he subsequently lost control of. He had also mortgaged the family’s gold jewellery, and borrowed from several family members. The police said he had also failed to sell three plots in Thane.

“Hasnain left his job in 2013 and while trying to establish himself in the import business, he was trying to sell real estate properties in Thane but had no success. According a source close to the family, there were two small plots owned by his father Anwar. While Hasnain said his father should sell it immediately as he was in dire need of the money, the father first refused but later (in mid-2015) sold the plots without the knowledge of his son,” said a police officer.

He said this was “the beginning” of the bitter quarrels between Warekar and his father.

“Our investigation further reveals that Hasnain attempted to sell the one-storey bungalow where the murders took place. The bungalow was made for Hasnain’s mother Asghari by his maternal grandfather Gulzar Ahmed. Hasnain used to think the bungalow was owned by his mother, but after he went through the paperwork and discussed it with several local officials, Hasnain learnt that the house was owned by a third person and was hence unable to sell it,” said the officer.

Subia, Warekar’s sister and the sole survivor of the massacre, has said in her statement he often had arguments with his mother.

Warekar always had a cleaver handy. Occasionally, during festivities, neighbours used to approach him to assist during a ‘qurbani’ (sacrifice) of a goat. Subia said Warekar would be offended with taunts such as ‘Jaa bakraa ko qurbani dene jaa’.

“Subia in her statement recorded that during college her brother’s behaviour changed as he started to inappropriately touch his sister. Once he graduated, he was married off, primarily so that his sisters would not be harassed. However, even after the marriage, Subia said, there were ‘still troubles at home’,” said an investigator.

Subia reportedly told the police that her sister first confided in her and not the other sisters because she connected with her better as Subia lived in the house until last year when she got married.

The police said they would record the statements of the brothers-in-law later this week regarding Subia’s claims that Warekar sexually assaulted his sister. “If Hasnain’s brothers-in-law knew about this, we wonder why they would allow their wives to attend the daawat hosted by him on February 28,” said a senior officer.

“We are still scrutinising the electronic data on his laptop and cellphone. So far, nothing suspicious has surfaced. There is no content to suggest he sexually abused his sister,” said an officer.

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