Police find 11 bodies from home in Indian capital

Geraldine Edwards
July 2, 2018

The dead spanned ages 15 to 77.

Police are investigating whether the victims - four men, three women and four girls - died by suicide or were killed, Kumar said.

Ten bodies, blindfolded by cotton and pieces of cloth, were found hanging from an iron grill used as a ventilator in the home's courtyard, while the body of a 70-year-old woman was lying on the floor of the house, said a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with department policy. These were similar to the manner in which the mouths and eyes of the deceased were tied and taped, police said.

According to media reports, the family migrated to the capital from the northwestern state of Rajasthan about two decades ago and police were trying to get in touch with relatives there.

Indian policemen secure the area near a building where 11 family members were found dead inside their home in the neighbourhood of Burari in New Delhi on July 1, 2018.

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The deceased were identified as Narayan Devi (77), her two sons Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit (45), her daughters-in-law Savita (48) and Teena (42), her daughter Pratibha (57), her grandchildren Priyanka (33), Nitu (25), Monu (23), Dhruv (15) and Shivam (15). "These are murders", he said.

While the family lived on the first floor of the house, they ran a grocery shop on the ground floor. Neighbours had not heard anything untoward, police said. Police were immediately alerted. I don't think they committed suicide. They were extremely sweet people.

"It is hard to believe something like this has happened".

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he spoke to area residents, saying that everyone was shocked by the deaths. Nothing in the house was touched or ransacked. Police have not yet confirmed their names.

Police official Rajesh Khurana told reporters that all angles were being investigated.

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The case has now been transferred to the Crime Branch.

"Investigations are underway, it is too soon to comment on the situation yet.

The gold jewellery on the bodies of the females was found intact", said Mr. Kumar.

"The handwritten notes we have found have detailed accounts of the way the deaths were going to take place; they even describe what was to be used and how to tie the knot", he added. "It is an ongoing investigation and we haven't ruled out anything".

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