The woman who killed seven members of her own family with tea shocked everyone in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh. Shabnam Ali and her boyfriend Salim were both sentenced to death by the session court for their crimes. As described by the district court, Shabnam is a “ruthless girl” with a “strong heart.” So popnblog will tell you how they were able to murder their whole family in one night by looking over the statements of relatives and neighbors and everything about Shabnam and his friend Salim.
1. Shabnam Ali And Saleem Case [First Woman To Be Hanged In India since independence]
Shabnam Ali was born in 1984 in Uttar Pradesh. Not just Bawan Khedi but the entire Amroha community did not forget the night of April 14, 2008. A neighbor called the police that night to report many bodies were in front of them. When the officers hear this, they are taken aback and rush to the scene. Their experiences there still haunt them today, so no one even in their entire district has kept SHABNAM as a name for their daughter.
2. What is the case of Amroha?
Shabnam Ali, 35, may be the country’s first woman to be hanged. She hasn’t been executed yet since the death warrant hasn’t been issued. Shabnam and her boyfriend Salim brutally murdered 7 members of her own family on April 14, 2008.
3. The Case That Shocked Amroha:
An event that took place 13 years ago on a summer night in 2008 continues to shape a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha district. Here are some things that are known about this village.
The house sits on a 9-acre property surrounded by gardens and a mango plantation. The gate leading into the property is rusted and the paint is peeling off the walls.
The first floor is empty, revealing the true history of the house. Rooms are sad with dried blood still splashed over the walls as if mourning the family that lived there – the family that was killed in their sleep here in their sleep by another family member on April 14, 2008.
Shaukat Ali and his family lived in the home until his daughter Shabnam Ali plotted with her boyfriend Saleem to murder them all, including her 11-month-old nephew.
Both Shabnam Ali, 37, and Saleem, 35, remain on death row for the crime which was confirmed by the Supreme Court last year. If she is executed, Shabnam Ali would be the first woman to be hanged for a crime in independent India after Seema Gavit and Renuka Shinde.
4. Bavankheri Amroha Mass Murder Case
Shukat Ali was remembered by the villagers as a man who dedicated his life to education. Shahbaz Khan claimed that Master Ji was a wonderful person who gave free tuition to youngsters in need and never judged anybody when it comes to opportunities.
Shabnam earned a double MA in English and Geography and taught at a rural elementary school. Her older brother Anees worked as an engineer in Punjab, while her younger brother Rashid was a final-year BTech student.
Former student Shahbaz Khan referred to Shabnam as a “hoshiyaar (clever)” lady. “She was my 5th grade teacher, and she twice failed me.” he said, laughing.
Saleem’s neighbors thought he was a nice guy. Uss se seedha aadmi gaon mein nahi tha (no one in the village is as polite as him),” said Saleem’s neighbor.
He is however a Class 6 dropout who met Shabnam while working at a sawmill. Investigations showed tensions in the Ali family over Shabnam’s relationship with Saleem according to R.P. Gupta a former Amroha Station House Officer (SHO) who was the investigating officer.
Saleem was a Pathan trying to earn a living and Shabnam came from a well-respected Saifi Muslim family.
At the time of the crime the fact that they were dating was not widely known. Even Saleem’s father Ahmed Rooh claims he had no idea.
“I’m his father. We were unaware of any such connection between Shabnam and Saleem. I would have had them married if I had known.”
5.An Inside Job According To Police
Bawan Khedi was awakened at 2 a.m. April 15, 2008, by the screams of the Ali home. “Bachao, bachao, koi mere parivaar ko maar kar chala gaya!” Locals rushed to the scene & found Ali’s house locked from inside.
Shabnam opened the doors crying. She said she was sleeping on the terrace and found her family had been axed by a “gang” when she returned.
Shabnam’s father Shaukat Ali (55), her mother Hashmi (50), her older brother Anees (35), his wife Anjum (25), their 11-month-old baby Arsh her younger brother Rashid (22), and cousin Rabia (14) were discovered on the first floor. And Arsh had died from choking.
R.P. Gupta, who is now retired claimed he believed it was an “inside job” from the start.
“The first thing I observed when I entered the murder scene was that none of the bedsheets was crumpled. He said, “There seemed to be no evidence of resistance from the victims.”
The family was allegedly drugged at the time, according to Gupta. As per the postmortem report, all the victims, except Arsh, were found to have been sedated. A drug packet was also found in the home, according to Gupta.
Police closed the investigation when Shabnam’s blood-stained clothing was found. “We also discovered that Shabnam and Saleem exchanged 52 phone calls on the night of the murders,” said Gupta. According to him Saleem “recovered the axe he had thrown away after the killings and gave it over” to me.
Gupta said, “I had a feeling from the start that this was an inside job.”
Shabnam’s door was locked from the inside when the villagers came to her aid. “How could the inside doors have been shut if someone on the outside was there?” he wondered.
Shabnam and Saleem were arrested and sentenced to Moradabad jail 5 days after the killings. According to him Gupta was praised for his quick inquiry and was given a monetary prize of Rs 50,000.
6. Salim Father Selling Pakoda's
Ahmed Rooh, on the other hand, expressed concerns regarding the inquiry. “On the night of the incident, my son was asleep in my home. He still claims he had nothing to do with anything, and I believe him. He said, “I gave him a good upbringing.”
Ahmed believes his son was wrongfully imprisoned. He tears up as he describes the difficulties his family has faced since his sentencing. As he stated, “Abhi mein jee nahi raha, bas chal raha hoon (I’m barely surviving),” he didn’t seem to be living. Before the incident, he employed 15 people. In order to support his family, he currently operates a pakoda stand.
7.Shaukat Ali's Family Statement
The aunt of Fatima Shahbnam, who is married to Sattar, is still puzzled by the crime. Shabnam is still a mystery to her. She told popnblog, “She was lovely until she made friends with girls across the street.” “Uske baad woh bigad gayi (she got lost afterward).”
Shabnam’s strangulation of her nephew is especially difficult for Fatima to comprehend. Fatima says, “She wouldn’t allow anyone else to touch him.” The two were inseparable. She said, “This is so strange.”.
Sattar Ali said, “I want to question Shabnam.” “In the name of Saleem, you killed so many sons. Wasn’t he also someone’s son?”
The media has reported in recent weeks that Shabnam and Saleem will be hanged in UP’s Mathura prison. A death warrant detailing the time and date of the hanging has not been issued by the Amroha sessions court.
Shabnam’s lawyer Shreya Rastogi told that her legal options haven’t been exhausted yet.
“These rights include the right to submit a curative petition in the Supreme Court against the judgement and the right to challenge the denial of her mercy petition before the Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court on different grounds.
On February 18, 2021, Shabnam submitted a second mercy appeal to the Governor of Uttar Pradesh and the President of the Country, both of whom previously rejected her request. Taj Shabnam’s 12-year-old son also petitioned Ram Nath Kovind for forgiveness on the same day.
8. The Property Of Shaukat’s Ali:
Shabnam is trying to reduce her death sentence while the home is still engaged in its own conflict. It is one of Bawan Khedi’s most significant estates, and has reportedly been the source of fighting within the extended Ali family.
Sattar, Shaukat’s brother and half-owner of the land, lives with his family but claims that he has been harassed by distant relatives who want to claim the property.
Then there’s Shabnam’s son Taj Mohammad, who was born in 2009, months into her prison sentence. Since he was born out of wedlock, her son is unlikely to have any claim to the property. Locals blame Usman Saifi, Shabnam’s college buddy who adopted Taj Mohammed, though it hasn’t prevented them from doing so.
Saifi believes that the property should be donated to charity. According to him, “Nothing positive can be achieved.”
9. The property Battle
Sattar and Fatima moved into Shaukat Ali’s home in 2008. Sattar said his lawyer urged him to move there a few days after the murder, before anyone else could take possession of the family’s property.
However, living on one of the village’s largest estates has cost Sattar and Fatima a lot of money. They claim that they are always afraid of being evicted by locals or distant relatives.
Humari Jaan ko khatra hai (We worry for our life.) Gaon wale bolte hai ki humein fayda ho gaya hai aur woh sarkar ko bech denge. Villagers claim that we have benefited from the incident and that they would give the government our land),” Fatima added.
Sattar claims distant relatives have repeatedly attacked the residence, hurled stones at them, and tried to rush in.
Shaukat and Sattar share the 9-acre (16-bigha) plot of land on which the home sits. The property is excellent real estate since it is located close to the highway.
Mohammad Sattar Ali’s son-in-law believes that one bigha may be sold for at least Rs 35 to 40 lakh at current market rates. While Sattar Ali has 8 bighas Shaukat’s portion valued at about Rs 3 crore including the home is still up for grabs.
However, under Section 114 (c) of the Uttar Pradesh Revenue Code 2006 a person who kills a landowner or assists in the murder of a landowner is prohibited from inheriting the deceased’s stake. Suppose a person is excluded from inheriting an interest under paragraph (c). In this case, interest will “devolve as if the disqualified person had died before the death of the owner, according to section 114 (d).
He noted that the property is still listed in Shaukat Ali’s name with the UP Revenue Board. This may be altered once Sattar Ali files a Prarthana Patra (application).
“They (Sattar) are also looking forward to Shabnam’s execution. But she hasn’t exhausted all of her legal options,” Ansari added. He continued on to say that there have been many instances when women who were sentenced to death were granted life sentences.
According to Supreme Court lawyer Anas Tanvir, Shaukat Ali’s property will be claimed by “first degree relative,” which is Sattar Ali. According to Muslim family law, Taj won’t claim the property since Shabnam isn’t legally married to Salim.
10.Taj Mohammad- Shabnam Son
Shabnam was six weeks pregnant when she was arrested. Taj was born in 2009 and raised by his mother until he was six years old. A journalist named Usman Saifi adopted him after that.
According to Saifi, Shabnam and Saifi met on a bus on the way to college. He says she encouraged him to continue studying.
“I had no interest in my studies, but Shabnam urged me to continue and she even paid my college fees,” Saifi said.
Having completed his BA, a course in mass communication, a B.Ed and a law degree, Saifi is currently pursuing an MA. Saifi expressed interest in adopting Taj when he heard about him. Shabnam and Saifi had a tense first meeting in prison. “At our first encounter, I made a mistake and asked why she had killed her family, which hurt her,” Saifi said.
Saifi, who knew Shabnam in a different era, couldn’t tell for sure if she killed her family or not. I have seen her in prison for at least five years and she has never mentioned missing her mother or father.”
Saifi became Taj’s adoptive father in July 2015. Taj lives in Bulandshahr with Saifi and his wife Vandana Singh, a primary school teacher, a few hours from Bawankhedi.
“We didn’t see the point in a kid suffering because of his parents,” Vandana said when asked why they decided to adopt him.
Several people had accused Saifi of adopting Taj simply so that he could get a piece of the property. He replied, “I’d like Shabnam to offer the property as daan.” “It’s for Taj’s benefit and for image correction. This isn’t meant to end well.”
Saifi pointed to a plate of cookies on his table when asked whether Taj missed his mother. “Here are some Namkeen biscuits,” says the narrator. Would you ever look at the biscuits if I placed a breakfast buffet in front of you?”
The question was self-explanatory. Taj pays three-month visits to his mother in prison.