New Delhi, July: The Delhi Police on Monday launched a manhunt for a tantrik, Baba Janegadi, following the recovery of registers bearing handwritten notes of how the bodies are to be hanged and how to attain ‘Moksha’. An investigation into a possible tantrik connection was initiated after the notes “pointed towards observance of some definite spiritual/ mystical practices by the whole family”, a police statement said. The registers, according to the reports, had detailed instructions on mystical or occult practices to attain “salvation”.Also Read - Saree Row: Delhi's Aquila Restaurant Issues Statement, Claims Woman Abused & Slapped Staff | Watch
Additional DCP (North) Vinit Kumar said, “These notes have a strong similarity with the manner in which the mouths, eyes etc of the deceased were tied and taped.” The police are however yet to ascertain if it was a mass-suicide or a mass-murder. The police had first suspected a connection to a gang war in which three were killed last month. Also Read - Woman Denied Entry at Delhi Restaurant For Wearing Saree, Twitterati Slam Bizarre Dress Code | Watch
The relatives of the Burari family members denied any involvement in cult practices and also dismissed the reports of their involvement in cult practices as bogus. The relatives believe that someone deliberately killed their family members. Also Read - Delhiites Beware! Pay Fine up to Rs 10,000 or Face 6-month Jail if Not Carrying PUC
“Someone killed them and all the reports on spiritual angle are bogus. This family was a happy and peace-loving one who never believed in babas. I can’t believe that they committed suicide. Everyone was so happy. Someone has killed my family and the police have to find them,” Sujata, a relative of the family, told news agency ANI.
Earlier in the day, the post-mortem report of six found the presence of a liquid chemical substance in the bodies of five members.
Here’s all we know so far in the Burari death case:
1. On Sunday, bodies of 11 members of a family were found hanging from the ceiling of their house in Delhi’s Burari area. The 11 members of the family include seven women and four men, news agency ANI reported. “Some of them were found hanging from an iron grill ceiling while others were lying on the floor blindfolded with their hands and legs tied,” the Joint CP said.
2. The family hailed from Rajasthan and was going through financial trouble, according to the reports.
3. The 11 members have been identified as 75-year-old woman Narayan, 60-year-old Partibha, 30-year-old Priyanka, 46-year-old Bhupi, 42-year-old Savita, 24-year-old Nitu, 22-year-old Meenu, 12-year-old Dhiru, 42-year-old Lalit, 12-year-old Shivam and 38-year-old Tina.
4. The police suspect that the woman, who was found lying on the floor, was strangulated to death. Two brothers, Bhupinder and Lalit Singh, lived in the same family. While Bhupinder ran a grocery store and the latter was a carpenter.
5. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem. The angle of murder-suicide is also been probed by the Delhi Police.
6. While no suicide was found from the house, the police found overturned stools.
7. “Their shop would open by 6 am every morning but when it did not till 7.30 am on Sunday, a neighbour went to check and later informed the police after finding most of them hanging from the grill ceiling,” the officer said.
8. On June 2, the police also found 11 pipes near the entrance of the house. The pipes were found coming out of the house in an unusual manner. While four of the pipes were straight, seven of them were titled.