11 family members found dead, crime branch takes over case

11 family members found dead, crime branch takes over case
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NEW DELHI: Eleven members of a family were found dead under mysterious circumstances at their residence in north Delhi’s Burari area on Sunday morning. Police found ten bodies with blindfolds and gags, hanging from the ceiling, and the body of a 75-year-old woman lying on the floor. No suicide note has been found at the spot. The case has been transferred to the crime branch, ANI reported.
Of the eleven bodies, police said, seven are women and four men. Two of the deceased are minors, they added. The family has a plywood business and they were staying in Sant Nagar for the last 20 years, according to locals. Among the deceased were Narayan Devi (77), Pratibha (57), Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit Bhatia (45). Bhavnesh’s wife Savita (48) and their three children, Neetu (25), Meenu (23) and Dhruv (15) were also found dead, the police said, adding that Lalit’s wife Tina (42) and their 15-year-old son Shivam were also among the dead.
Police said they received a call at around 8 am from near Guru Govind Singh Hospital in Sant Nagar of Burari area, informing them about the deaths. The police said that they were probing all angles and have not ruled out the possibility of foul play in the incident.
Hand-written letters that have been recovered suggest spiritual angle to the deaths.Further investigation will reveal more, said Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner Police (Crime). Locals were in a state of shock after the bodies of 11 members of the Bhatia family were found at their residence. Amrik Singh, whose father was one of the first persons to find the bodies, said the family was preparing for a wedding in the family and seemed quite happy. “It is hard to believe something like this has happened. We attended engagement on June 17. The wedding was supposed to take place in November. The house was also being renovated,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari visited the spot. “I spoke to their neighbours. They said the family did not have any enmity. They are unable to comprehend how it happened. Police investigation is underway and it is difficult to say what happened,” Kejriwal told reporters.
The bodies are being shifted for postmortem, police said.