Delhi family deaths: Kins reject cops' occult angle

Delhi family deaths: Kins reject cops' occult angle

Relatives mourn after the cremation of the 11 members of a family, who were found hanging in their house in Burari, at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on Monday. PTI

In a bind over the death of 11-members of a family under mysterious circumstances, Delhi Police have kept the focus of its investigation into the possibility of the family ending their lives for salvation.

However, the family’s close relatives have rejected the “occult practice” angle picked up by the investigators.

Dinesh Chundawat, the eldest son of 75-year-old Narayani, who was found dead along with 10 others at their residence in the outskirts of Delhi on Sunday, has demanded that the police should investigate the murder angle instead of mass suicide.

He rejected police's suspicion that it was a case of suicide for attaining 'moksha' (salvation), saying that they were religious but never engaged “in any sort of occult practice.”

He also rejected the police claim that the family was in touch with any tantrik (sorcerer). Police have been on the lookout for one Baba Janegadi in connection with the case after some of the family's friends and distant relatives talked about his links in their statement to the investigators.

“They (11-member family) have never been in contact with any Baba. It's not a case of suicide as being projected,” Chundawat, who lives in Rajasthan and came to Delhi on Sunday following the death of his family members in Burari's Sant Nagar area, claimed.

His sister Sujata, who resides in Panipat district in Haryana, also spoke in the same vein, suspecting that her mother, two brothers, a sister and their children were murdered due to a conspiracy and police should unravel the mystery probing this angle.

“All these theories pointing at mass suicide are nonsense. They were religious but not insane. All claims about the indulgence of the family into some occult practice is cooked up and false. It's a conspiracy. Police should investigate the case in the right direction and bring the culprits to justice, instead of levelling false accusations against the deceased,” she told DH.

With no other significant clue in their hands, however, Delhi police crime branch has kept its focus on probing into the possibility of the family members committing suicide for attaining salvation.

Police suspect that 45-year-old Lalit, who religiously wrote 'suvichar' (good thoughts) in a board outside his grocery shop every day for the people in his neigbourhood, also jotted down step-by-step methods in his notebooks for his family to attain 'moksha'.

“Investigations are being carried out in this direction because of the recovery of the notebooks. Suspicion grew up further with other findings like 11 pipes jutted out of the wall of the house in a bizarre manner,” a source in the crime branch said.

Besides, writings in the notebook “prima facie” match Lalit's handwriting, he said.

“The investigation is not over. Other angles are also being probed,” he added.


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