Black magic to dispute, cops probe all angles

Police got 14 cell phones of victims and accused
Last Updated 28 February 2016, 19:13 IST

 From black magic, personal enmity to property dispute, the Thane police are looking at the incident from all angles to solve the mystery behind Sunday’s Kasarvadavali massacre which has shocked the entire Mumbai and its suburbs.

“We are probing everything. This is not a simple case, it is very complex, we have to go deep into it,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police V B Chandanshive, who is personally supervising the investigations.

So far, the Thane police have received 14 mobile phones of the victims and the accused. “We are checking all the call records and also the social media profiles of the accused and the victims,” an official said, adding that they have already started speaking to the relatives, friends and in-laws of the victims.

Some of the neighbours said Hasnain Warekar, the suspect, was a highly religious man, a five-time namazi. “The sharp weapon that has been recovered is the same that is used during qurbani (sacrifice),” a police officer said, adding that among the angles that were being probed were black magic and human sacrifice, financial problems or troubles for the family, property dispute or enmity. “We are not leaving anything, not discounting anything at this stage,” police sources said.

Warekar, who was well-versed in filing income tax returns, used to work for a charted accountant’s firm at Thane. The Warekars had a huge property which they sold off in the recent past and this aspect is also under probe.

“At this stage, I cannot say anything about either the circumstances leading to the incident or the motive behind the crime. We have taken blood samples and viscera of the persons killed and also the sample of the food (consumed at the “dawat” hosted by Warekar), and sent them for laboratory tests. It is only after the receipts of the test and post-mortem, we will be able give you some details,” Thane Joint Police Commissioner Asutosh Dhumbre said.

(Published 28 February 2016, 19:13 IST)

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