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Thane mass murders: Lone survivor draws comfort from newborn

Subiya, the survivor of the Thane massacre where a man killed his family members, found happiness in the birth of her daughter.

mumbai Updated: Feb 27, 2017 13:17 IST
Arvind Walmiki
Arvind Walmiki
Hindustan Times
Subiya, the lone survivor of the Thane killings.
Subiya, the lone survivor of the Thane killings.(HT)

The last one year has been a real struggle for Subiya, who was the only one left alive after her brother Hasnain Warekar killed 14 members of their family in their sleep. He used a knife to kill his young children, wife, parents, sisters and their children. Subiya too was injured, but she managed to lock herself in a room and scream for help. By the time the neighbours came, Hasnain had hanged himself and the house was like a slaughterhouse, with bodies and blood everywhere.

Subiya spent weeks in hospital before moving to her husband’s house and battled nightmares for months. It’s only now that she has started to recover, helped by the birth of her daughter four days ago.

Subiya had a baby girl four days ago at a hospital in Bhiwandi, giving the scarred family some reason to smile. “We have mustered the courage to move on, but the scars remain. Subiya used to get nightmares, but now she has gotten better. She comes to Kasarwadavli, but never ever goes in the house, which saw the bloodshed,” said Mujib Warekar a relative of Subiya.

“We ensure we don’t mention the incident. We have also asked neighbours to refrain from talking about the massacre in front of her,” he said.

Mujib said, “The child gave us a reason to smile after almost a year. We have been consulting doctor for smallest of problems.”

Family members recall the time after the gruesome incident.

“We were blank. Children in the house kept asking us about their cousins who were killed. We had no answers. We had to keep diverting the topic.”

Another family member said, “We have been cleaning the house. We plan to donate a part of it with Subiya’s permission. The other part will be given on rent.”

Rizwan Warekar, Subiya’s uncle, said, “All we want is Subiya’s happiness. We cannot forget the incident, but we have moved on.”


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First Published: Feb 27, 2017 13:16 IST

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