The Thane police have learnt that Hasnain Warekar, who murdered 14 members of his family in Kasarvadavli before hanging himself on Sunday, had borrowed gold from his sister Subiya Barmal, the lone survivor of the massacre.
Investigators say Hasnain was probably unemployed at the time and was trying to start a business — importing betel nuts from Malaysia or Indonesia — for which he needed Rs35 lakh.
“Investigations have revealed that he had borrowed 10 to 12 tolas of gold from Subiya and was to start a business in partnership with her. Among other angles, we are probing the theory that his financial constraints led to the murders,” said Param Bir Singh, commissioner of police, Thane.
Shaukat Khan, Hasnain’s brother in-law, who lost his wife and three children in the massacre, has said that he had borrowed huge sums of money from several people and may have suffered losses.
The police have also learned that Hasnain had taken a loan against the gold he borrowed.
Another aspect of the case the police are looking into is the fact that the body of Hasnain’s wife was found naked near a staircase.
“There are many theories as to why her body was found naked. It may have been because of a scuffle as she tried to escape. Given that her body was found at the staircase, she may have rolled down from the upper floor. For clarity on this, we have roped in psychiatrists,” said a high-ranking Thane police officer privy to the investigation.
“There are no signs of sexual assault,” he added.
“We are in the process of recording the statements of relatives. We have learned that the family regularly organised daawats (feasts),” said the officer.
The police are also investigating whether Hasnain suffered from an extreme mental disorder.
“There are psychological disorders in which a person thinks of himself as a messiah. We are looking into whether the killings are related to this,” the officer added.
As for why Hasnain chose to hang himself and not slit his own throat, the officer said, “It is not easy to slash your own neck. We are trying to gauge his mindset at the time,” said the officer.
Forensic reports, which are expected by Wednesday, will reveal whether Hasnain had spiked his relatives’ drinks.
Survivor will be able to speak in 8-10 days: Docs
Doctors treating Subiya Barmal, the lone survivor of the Thane massacre, said on Tuesday that she is recuperating but may need some time before she is able to speak.
The police are waiting to record Subiya’s statement, hoping it will yield clues and help ascertain the motive.
A constable from Kasarvadavli police station has been stationed outside the ICU of Titan Hospital in Thane. Doctors said Subiya has been administered 35 internal and external stitches.
“There are no injuries to vital organs and she is recovering. Because of her stitches, she may take eight to 10 days to start talking, but our primary goal is to ensure that she is in good health,” said Dr Arjun Singh, administrator, Titan Hospital.
Another official said that the hospital has an in-house psychiatrist to help Subiya deal with her mental trauma. A doctor said that while she is conscious, she is still in a state of shock. Her husband and relatives have visited her but doctors have advised complete rest.
“She started taking sips of water on Monday and is on a saline drip. We have not given her solid food yet,” said Dr Singh. He added, “We have assigned her a dedicated nurse and have made ICU access stricter.”
Hasnain Anwar Warekar, who worked as a clerk for a chartered accountant in Navi Mumbai, allegedly murdered his parents, wife, two daughters, three of his four sisters, four of his nephews and two of his nieces before hanging himself in the early hours of Sunday.