Tragedy struck on Saturday in Thane, Mumbai, India, after 35-year-old man allegedly murdered 14 members of his family with a butcher’s knife. Those murdered included seven children, Indian police said on Sunday.
According to reports, the attack took as family members gathered late on Saturday at one of their homes in Thane, some 32 kilometres (20 miles) from Mumbai, for a family function.
Police spokesman for Thane, Gajanan Laxman Kabdule, said: “The attacker, Hasnin Anwar Warekar, hung himself after slitting the throats of all other family members including his parents,”
It was also gathered that only one person survived the attack, Warekar’s sister, who was taken to hospital after neighbours heard her screaming for help after midnight and called the police.
Continuing, the police spokesman said: “We still haven’t been able to speak with the attacker’s 21-year-old sister, the lone survivor of the attack, who is in deep trauma at a city hospital,” Kabdule said.
Further reports has it the Warekar attacked his family after lacing their food with a sedative, though the Indian Express newspaper reports that the attacker, chartered accountant, stabbed his victims after they went to bed, having all decided to spend the night at the house.
“Prima facie evidence suggests that the accused bolted all the doors of the house and murdered his family while they were asleep with a knife that we found near his body,” Ashutosh Dumbre, joint commissioner of Thane police, reportedly said.
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