Dou­ble mur­der: Dad says he killed 3-yr-old for bring­ing bad luck

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ma­teen.Hafeez @times­

Mum­bai: More than a week af­ter a Mahim zari unit owner and his girl­friend were ar­rested for al­legedly mur­der­ing his wife and three-year-old daugh­ter, he told the po­lice that he slit his child’s throat be­cause he be­lieved that she brought him ‘bad luck’. The ac­cused, Iliyas Sayyed (36), also told the po­lice that he and Aafreen Bano (22) had tried to set his flat in Di­a­mond Apart­ments in Mahim (E) on fire to cover up the killings.

The mur­ders came to light on Jan­uary 31 morn­ing, when res­i­dents no­ticed smoke com­ing out of Sayyed’s 10th floor flat. They called him up and also in­formed the Shahu Na­gar po­lice. When Sayyed opened the door, the po­lice found the bod­ies of his wife Tehseen and daugh­ter Aaliya in the kitchen. Their throats were slit and bod­ies par­tially burnt. His el­der daugh­ter Sa­maana was in school at the time of the in­ci­dent. The next day, the po­lice ar­rested Sayyed and Bano, who works as a sales­girl in a pri­vate firm. Sayyed was hav­ing an ex­tra­mar­tial af­fair since three years, said the po­lice.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Sayyed told the po­lice: “My younger daugh­ter brought me bad luck. I have been suf­fer­ing losses since her birth, so I killed her along with Tehseen. I wanted to marry Bano and live with her and my el­der daugh­ter Sa­maana.” Ini­tially, he tried to mis­lead the po­lice. “He claimed that his wife had killed Aaliya and so he slit her throat in a fit of rage. But af­ter sus­tained in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he con­fessed to killing them both,” said an of­fi­cer. “We have re­cov­ered the knife and Sayyed’s blood-stained shirt and sent them for foren­sic anal­y­sis.”

Af­ter com­mit­ting the crime, Sayyed left for work as usual and called up Bano. “A burqa-clad Bano ar­rived out­side the build­ing in a taxi and told the driver to wait till she re­turned. Her im­age was cap­tured on the build­ing’s CCTV cam­eras,” said an of­fi­cer. “The plan was to set the flat on fire, but as Bano could not find kerosene, she poured ed­i­ble oil on the bod­ies. But when she tripped on Tehseen’s body, she pan­icked and rushed out of the flat.”

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