As many as 11 members of the same family, including 7 women and two children, were found dead under mysterious circumstances at their residence at Burari area in north Delhi on Sunday (July 1) morning.
Here is everything you need to know about Delhi Burari deaths:
1. Ten of the 11 bodies were found hanging from an iron-mesh in the ceiling. Their mouths were taped, eyes blindfolded with cloth pieces cut from a single bed-sheet and hands were tied at the back.
2. Body was Narayan Devi, 77, was found on the floor. She was, in all probability, strangulated, said the police.
3. According to a NDTV report, the oher deceased have been identified as Narayan Devi’s daughter Pratibha (57), sons Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit Bhatia (45), Bhavnesh’s wife Savita (48) and their three children Meenu (23), Neetu (25) and Dhruv (15), Lalit Bhatia’s wife Tina (42) and their son Shivam (15).
4. Pratibha’s daughter Priyanka (33), an IT company employee who got engaged in June and was reportedly excited about her wedding scheduled for later this year, was also found hanging.
5. All dead bodies were cremated in Delhi on Monday (July 2).
6. Investigating officers told media that they are suspecting three of the deceased family members could have killed the others under the influence of spiritual practices.
7. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar told reporters: “We have found handwritten notes from the crime scene which detail how hands and legs are to be tied. It seems the details have been followed given that the bodies were recovered in the way it was mentioned in the notes. We are studying the exhaustive notes.”
8. The police said they are investigation if the family was following occult practices under the influence of any godman.
9. Narayan Devi eldest son Dinesh Bhatia, who lives in Rajasthan’s Kota and daughter Sujata, who stays at Panipat in Haryana, are still at shock.
10. Sujata Bhatia told news channels: “I can’t believe such a thing has happened. They were all so happy. I am sure they have been murdered. The cops must find the killers.”
11. Meanwhile, the cops have obtained CCTV footage of the locality where it was seen food was home-delivered to the family around 10:40 pm on Saturday (June 30). After that, neither anyone entered of left the house till next day when neighbour Gurcharan Singh found the bodies and alerted the police around 7.30 am on Sunday.
12. Initially, the police suspected the incident to be a result of gang war. On June 18, two rival gangs opened fire at main Burari market where three people were killed and five others were injured. However, post their investigation, the cops confirmed there is no link between the two incidents.
13. The family’s Indian pitbull mix breed dog was found chained and burning with 108 degree fever. He has been rescued by Noida based animal rights activist Sanjay Mahapatra.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.