Residents of Maharashtra’s Kasarvadavali village gave chilling details on Sunday of a mass murder in the neighbourhood when Hasnain Anwar Warekar slit the throats of 14 family members, including his parents, wife and two daughters, before hanging himself.
Hasnain’s 21-year old sister Subiya, the lone survivor, raised an alarm that alerted the neighbours. “Bachaao…Bhaiyane sabko mar diya hai (Help …Brother has killed everyone),” she screamed after locking herself in a bedroom.
Hasnain hit on her the face but she managed to push him away before he could attack again.
“My mother asked me to check what had happened after she heard the screams. It was around 3.30 am and we were sleeping,” said neighbour and relative Altamesh Irfan Varekar.
He stepped out of his house and called a few other villagers.
“I saw Hasnain’s sister (Subiya) inside a room and calling for help,” said Altamesh. “We tried to open the door but it was locked from inside. So we dislodged a window grill and pulled Subiya out. She was injured.”
Police sources said 35-year-old Hasnain went on an overnight killing spree following a Saturday evening family gathering at his Kasarvadavali home in Thane city on the outskirts of Mumbai.
“When we looked inside, bodies were lying on the floor in a pool of blood. Hasnain had hanged himself,” said Altamesh.
The villagers were shocked after witnessing the scenes but some of them helped Subiya reach a hospital.
“We arranged an auto rickshaw and took her to Titan Hospital. We informed police who broke down the door to enter the house,” said a neighbour.
Officers said the reason for the killings was not immediately clear but a family dispute over property may have been the trigger.
As news spread, villagers and frantic relatives started to gather at the house. The top brass of Thane Police, including commissioner Parambir Singh, reached the spot.
“The family seemed fine and all the relatives were close. How could anything like this happen?” said a villager.