The gory photographs of the crime scene where 14 members of a family were murdered went viral on Sunday. Following this, senior officers of Thane police department have set up a probe to find out who leaked the photographs.
According to the sources, the crime scene was compromised after locals entered the house to save Subiya Bharmar — the lone survivor of the incident. The pictures of the massacre with blood-stained bodies of the Warekars along with the body of the accused, hanging from the staircase, was available on social media within minutes after the incident came to light.
The photographs are suspected to have been leaked by the first batch of police officer who entered the bungalow to ascertain the crime scene. However, the police are blaming the locals for clicking and circulating the pictures.
“It was horrific as pictures of bodies lying in the pool of blood with throats slit went viral on social media platforms like Whatsapp,” said Altamash Warekar.
“We were the first to enter the house through a window. But no one clicked any photographs. We opened the door only after the police arrived. Meanwhile, the survivor of the attack was rushed to the hospital for treatment,” he added.
A senior official from Thane Commissionerate said: “We are looking into the matter but prima facie it appears that the locals might have clicked the pictures and circulated it. We are probing the matter as the crime scene should not be compromised.”