Indian man kills 14 members of family with knife near Mumbai

Mumbai murder

Relatives mourn outside the home where the mass murder took place

Police say the man hanged himself after slitting the throats of family members, including his parents and seven children

(SOURCE)   A 35-year-old man allegedly murdered 14 members of his family, including seven children, with a butcher’s knife before committing suicide outside India’s financial capital of Mumbai, police said on Sunday.

The attack happened after family members gathered late on Saturday at one of their homes in Thane, some 32 kilometres (20 miles) from Mumbai, for a family function, police said.

“The attacker, Hasnin Anwar Warekar, hung himself after slitting the throats of all other family members including his parents,” a Thane police spokesman, Gajanan Laxman Kabdule said.

The sole survivor of the attack – Warekar’s sister – was taken to hospital after neighbours heard her screaming for help after midnight and alerted police.

“We still haven’t been able to speak with the attacker’s 21-year-old sister, the lone survivor of the attack, who is in deep trauma at a city hospital,” Kabdule said.

Warekar attacked his family after apparently lacing their food with a sedative, according to several local media reports.

But the Indian Express newspaper said the chartered accountant stabbed his victims after they went to bed, having all decided to spend the night at the house.

“Prima facie evidence suggests that the accused bolted all the doors of the house and murdered his family while they were asleep with a knife that we found near his body,” Ashutosh Dumbre, joint commissioner of Thane police, was quoted saying.

Kabdule said he could not confirm whether the victims had been sedated, saying investigators were awaiting medical test results.

Television footage showed men lifting bodies wrapped in sheets in to the back of an ambulance, as crowds gathered outside the white-walled home.

Kabdule said details of the attack “are still sketchy” along with the motive.

According to the Press Trust of India news agency, a property dispute was behind the killings, but Dumbre said initial investigations have so far found no trigger for such an “extreme step”.

“In our inquiry so far, no one has yet been able to give the reason for this,” Dumbre told the ABP news channel.

“He worked with a private company in Mumbai. There were no known financial troubles or disputes and now we are hoping that the lone survivor can tell us something about the trigger,” he said.

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5 comments

    • Gordon King

      Thank you for your comment Ganeshxda!

      It just may be a family dispute, however, does this make it right? Does this make it a good thing? It just shows how the world has turned, and apart from the God of the universe, we are a fallen people, destined to destruction!

      God bless!

  1. Rebecca

    There is no reason to mass murder a family and take the lives of those around you to settle a dispute.

    This clearly shows either demon possession or oppression would of contributed to this tragedy we are all at risk of this if we are not children of the true living God.
    May Jesus have mercy on the survivor and grant her peace during this horrendous time with her family.

    • Gordon King

      Amen to that Rebecca!

      And may the good Lord show all those involved that He is God! May He soften their hearts and open their eyes to the truth. May they all come to repentance of their sins, and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior! Amen

      God bless!

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