Khairane mourns 7 of its res­i­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy

NAVI MUM­BAI: As the news of a 35-year-old man killing his 14 rel­a­tives trick­led in, Khairane — a Mus­lim-dom­i­nated vil­lage in Navi Mum­bai — was mired in gloom.

Among those Has­nain Warekar killed were his two sis­ters and their five chil­dren, who were res­i­dents of Khairane.

The de­ceased are Shabina Shaukat Khan, 35, and her 16-yearold daugh­ter Sa­dia, a Class 10 stu­dent, and sons Anas, 13, and Ali Hasan, 5. Has­nain also killed Maria Ar­phan Fakih, 28, and her sons Umer, 7, and Yusuf, 4.

Though the fam­i­lies are in shock, the rel­a­tives can­not be­lieve that Has­nain could have com­mit­ted the grue­some act.

Wasim Fakih brother in law shock to the fam­ily. Never had we thought that some­thing like this could hap­pen.”

He said that his sis­ter-in-law would of­ten go to her par­ent’s home. Usu­ally, the sons-in-law would go on Sun­days. “My brother was plan­ning to visit them to­day. There was lot of love among the sis­ters and their brother,” said Wasim.

He re­fuses to be­lieve that Has­nain could have killed the fam­ily mem­bers. “Please do not call him a killer. He was a de­cent man,” said Wasim.

Wasim’s un­cle, who did not wish to be named, said Has­nain can­not be the killer.

“Though we have lost our daugh­ter-in-law, we can­not ac­cept that Has­nain can do any such thing. There should be a thor­ough in­quiry. Has­nain was found hang­ing with the knife in come the knife didn’t fall off his hand? The other signs on the body too don’t match that of a sui­cide vic­tim,” he said.

Wasim’s cousin, Asif Fakih, said: “There has to be some­thing more to it. Has­nain was not ca­pa­ble of such an act.”

Lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor Mu­nawer Pa­tel said: “The Warekars had mar­ried their daugh­ters in our vil­lage. Though the Pa­tels and Fak­ihs had dif­fer­ences, when­ever we went to Kasar­va­davli, we would be treated well by the fam­ily.”

As the seven cas­kets made their way through the lanes on Sun­day evening, not only the fam­ily mem­bers but also the other res­i­dents broke down .

Li­aqat Khan, un­cle of the three chil­dren Sa­dia, Anas and Ali, said: “Yes­ter­day, our kids had gone in cars to­day they are

‘HE WAS OBE­DI­ENT’

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