A rampaging 35-year-old man decided to brutally murder 14 members of his family including six children with a butcher’s knife before carrying out the same act on himself in India. The police, press and residents are having a field day trying to figure out the motive behind the murder.
According to police officers, the mass murder took place after Hasnin Anwar Warekar and members of his extended family gathered late on Saturday at a home north of India’s financial capital city of Mumbai for a family function.
“The attacker, Hasnin Anwar Warekar, hung himself after slitting the throats of all other family members including his parents,” police spokesman Gajanan Laxman Kabdule said.
Kabdule said details of the attack “are still sketchy” alongside the motive.
The police was alerted by neighbors who heard Warekar’s sister who was the only survivor of the attack. She was later rushed to the hospital.
The neighbors who came to her rescue were forced to open a window to rescue the woman since Warekar allegedly locked all escape routes from the house before carrying out the attacks.
“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 told local reporters.
While waiting for the traumatized girl to recover, diverse local reports are springing up in an attempt to explain what happened.
A local report says Warekar, who reportedly worked for a private firm in Mumbai, was able to carry out the attacks after lacing the food at the gathering with a sedative.
But the Indian Express newspaper said he stabbed his victims after they went to bed, having all decided to spend the night at the house in Thane.
“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, said commissioner of Thane police.
There is no confirmation yet if the victims were actually sedated since the results have not come back.
Press Trust of India news agency suggested that 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.