‘Hasnain was soft-spoken and
MUMBAI: A fortnight ago, Zabin Hasnain Warekar left her mother’s house to come to her husband’s house at Kasarvadavli with a bundle of joy — their second daughter.
Her parents did not imagine that she would never come to their Bhiwandi house again.
On Sunday morning, Zabin and her four-month-old daughter Umera were among the 14 people allegedly killed by her husband Hasnain.
“It’s a huge shock for us. She never spoke about any trouble in her family. Never did we imagine that my daughter would meet with a tragic end,” said Sufiyan Zalil Patel, 48, father of Zabin, a resident of Padga, near Bhiwandi. He owns two taxis.
Hasnain’s family lived at Kasarvadavli village on Ghodbunder Road, around 11km from Thane.
Zabin returned to her inlaw’s house with and her fourmonth-old daughter Humera after a long stay at her parent’s home.
Patel said that since the marriage, he had known Hasnain as a soft-spoken and caring husband and father. “We do not know the circumstances that led to this incident. I spoke to him some time before the incident and he sounded perfectly fine,” he said.
The distraught father stated that the family was doing well financially and there seem to be no problems. “We generally don’t interfere in the life of our son-in-law. Everything seemed fine,” said Patel.
Hasnain’s relatives are too shocked to talk.
“Sab khatam ho gaya (Everything is over),” said Ayaz Warekar, his uncle, fighting back tears. As relatives and friends consoled him, he said they were still looking for answers. “He (Hasnain) had never stepped into a police station. He would always tell me if there were problems. We fail to understand what has happened,” he said.
Sallim Naje, another uncle of Hasnain, said. “The police have to form a special investigating team. There could be more than what meets the eye. How is it possible that a man is found hanging with a weapon in his hand?”
The Warekars are original inhabitants of Kasarvadavli village, around 10 kilometres from Thane on Ghodbunder Road, which is bursting with real estate development.
The village, comprising many one plus one structures, built in close quarters has witnessed a massive sea change in the past decade.
“Warekars are Kokani Muslims who have been living in the Kasarvadavli village for ages. They have many relatives in the village and there hasn’t been any major crime in the village before this,” said a police officer from Kasarvadavli police station.
A forensic team at the house at Kasarvadavli. Relatives carry the body of a five-month-old girl at Thane hospital. Policemen talk to neighbours and relatives outside the house at Kasarvadavli in Thane.
Another body being brought to the hospital for post-mortem. Relatives and neighbours outside the Warekars’ house at Kasarvadavli in Thane on Sunday.
People take the bodies to the graveyard in Khairane village in Navi Mumbai.