New Delphi Indian Police – A man in western India fatally stabbed 14 members of his family, including seven children, early Sunday before hanging himself, police said.
Hasnain Warekar, 35, went on his overnight killing spree following a Saturday evening family gathering at his home, said Gajanan Laxman Kabdule, a spokesman for the police in the city of Thane, located outside of Mumbai. He said a motive was not known.
Warekar’s extended family — three sisters, their children and his parents — were among those who apparently had gotten together for dinner, Kabdule said. Warekar’s wife and two young daughters were also in the house and were among those killed.
The only survivor of the attack was a sister who was wounded, the officer said, adding that she was in a hospital and in “a state of shock.”
Kabdule said that it appeared that Warekar began his stabbing spree between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., after everyone had gone to bed.
The victims’ bodies were discovered early Sunday morning.
Kabdule said the reason for the killings was not immediately clear. The Press Trust of India news agency reported that a family dispute over property was behind the attacks.
The bodies were sent to a Thane hospital for autopsies.
Thirty five year-old Hasnin Warekar killed his parents and several of his sisters and their children at the family home shortly after midnight in the city of Thane, about 27 kms (16.8 miles) north of Mumbai, police spokesman Gajanan Kabdule said.
One of Warekar’s sisters survived the attack, and is being treated for her injuries in hospital.
“He used a big knife. He killed his parents, his sisters and his sisters’ children. He slit their throats,” Kabdule told Reuters.
Police are investigating the possibility that a property dispute lay behind the massacre, although a motive is yet to be established, he said.
Local media reported that Warekar had laced his family’s food with a sedative before slaughtering them, but Kabdule said this was unconfirmed as samples taken from the house were still being analysed.
Warekar is believed to have carried out the murders shortly after midnight after a family gathering on Saturday evening.
Police said his motive was unclear, although local media claimed a family dispute over property was behind the attacks.
Ashutosh Dumbre, joint commissioner of Thane police, told the Indian Express newspaper: “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.”
The bodies have been sent to a Thane hospital for post-mortem examinations.