Thane massacre: Police to enlist help of psychiatrists

Mumbai: The Thane police, yet to ascertain the motive behind the gruesome act of 35 year-old Hasnain Warekar who murdered 14 members of his family including his parents, wife and two children and then committed suicide, today said they would also seek the help of psychiatrists.

The macabre killings took place in the early hours of Sunday in Kasarwadvali area of neighbouring Thane city. "Until we record the statement of the lone survivor Subiya Barmar (one of Hasnain's sisters) we cannot say anything about his motive," said the joint commissioner of police Ashutosh Dumbre at a press conference in Thane today.

"We are considering all the angles such as property dispute, psychological disorder, etc," he said, adding that the investigators would also seek the help of psychiatrists. According to the neighbours, he said, Hasnain and his family enjoyed a good reputation, and nobody thought he "would even harm an ant".

As to property dispute being a possible trigger, Dumbre said police hadn't yet come across any evidence of the family owning huge assets, but the probe was on. In July 2012, the accused, his wife and their elder daughter were admitted in Thane's Titan hospital for food poisoning after taking medicines given by some `hakim', Dumbre said, adding the police would check the record related to this incident too.

The investigators were waiting for the autopsy reports of the victims to find out if they had been sedated before the murder, said Dumbre. The reports were expected in a couple of days. Police learnt from the neighbours that Hasnain used to kill goats for the ritual `kurbani' (sacrifice), and therefore knew how to use butcher's knife, the weapon used in the macabre crime.

Police had noted that among the victims, Hasnain's father and Subiya had cuts on the two fingers of the left hand, indicating attempt to resist, the JCP said. Hasnain had invited his three sisters and their children
for a weekend get-together and feast. He had himself gone to Subiya's house to bring her. The police however did not know why he did not invite his brothers-in-law for the `dawat', Dumbre said.

Police were examining the cell-phones and laptops of the accused, and had also seized some medicines found in the house. Teams had been formed to speak to various people who knew the family and the accused, the officer said. Subiya was not in the right frame of mind (because of the shock), the JCP said.

"After answering some questions of the investigators, she starts asking about her daughter, as she thinks that her daughter is still alive," the JCP said. "We think by tonight she would be in a condition to talk
precisely," added Dumbre. Of late Hasnain, a commerce graduate who used to file income tax returns for a CA's firm, didn't have any permanent job, according to the police.

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