Investigators probing the Thane mass murder are exploring the possibility of the killer, Hasnain Warekar, suffering from a split personality disorder that might have driven him to slaughter 14 members of his family.
A senior police officer, part of the probe team, said several mental health experts and criminologists were helping them in figuring out the behavioural pattern of the 35-year-old accused. The officer said they were trying to ascertain whether the accused was a victim of a split or multiple personality disorder.
“While searching his house, certain medicines pointing to psychological symptoms/illness were recovered. They are likely to give us some leads into Hasnain’s state of mind before the macabre killings,” the officer said.
The police are trying to locate the pharmacist from whom the medicines were procured and the doctor who prescribed them, said the officer. Police say locals remember Hasnain as a good-natured and religious man.
Police have been recording statements of Hasnain’s relatives and friends. They are also probing the black magic angle to ascertain whether he was influenced by such a practise or followed any self-styled godman. Police have gotten in touch with the caretaker of the Pardesi Baba Darghah (also known as Durgha Hazrat Gaji Salauddin Shah Baba) which the accused visited frequently. The caretaker, however, refused to comment.
Police have learnt from neighbours that Hasnain used to slaughter goats for ‘kurbani’ (sacrifice) ritual and therefore, knew how to use a butcher’s knife.
A police official from Kasarwadavali Police Station said they have collected blood and nail samples of the lone survivor of the incident, Subiya Barmar, Hasnain’s 21-year-old sister.
Among those killed in the shocking incident were Hasnain’s parents, wife, sisters and children. The accused slit their throats with a knife after offering them drinks laced with sedatives at the family house in Kasarvadawali area on Thane outskirts. He then committed suicide by hanging himself.