‘Has­nain was soft-spo­ken and

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Pratik Salunke

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.

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