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Thane mass murders: Villagers are now in constant touch with cops

The young and vibrant crowd, which witnessed the implication of the incident on the village, has now become a team.

mumbai Updated: Feb 27, 2017 13:20 IST
Pratik Salunke
Subiya, Hasnain’s sister, who was the lone survivor of the murders
Subiya, Hasnain’s sister, who was the lone survivor of the murders(HT PHOTO)

The calls made to the top brass of the Thane police in the wee hours of February 28, 2016 were enough to give them jitters — 14 bodies were found in a house.

The team braced for something massive — a mass murder, a daring robbery or even a communal clash. Speculation was, however, put to rest when the police learned that a man had killed 14 members of his family before hanging self.

“The initial information was bodies of 14 family members soaked in blood. Our focus was to ensure things do not spiral out of control and there is no law and order problem,” said an officer.

Security was beefed up and community members were asked to ensure the funerals were conducted peacefully. A detailed investigation was ordered.

The young and vibrant crowd, which witnessed the implication of the incident on the village, has now become a team. “Following the incident, there was a bit of fear in the minds of people. Things have changed now. People are constantly in touch with the police to ensure peace,” said Siddharta Owalekar, 24, a newly elected corporator. “The police patrolling has increased and they are strict. In the mass murders, it was a family matter.”

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