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