New Delhi, July 3: Refuting police’s claim of mystical/religious practices being followed by the family, whose 11 members were found in Burari area on Sunday, one of the family’s relatives said that the deceased were religious, but were not involved in occult practices.Also Read - My Focus Will Be On Basic Policing: Rakesh Asthana Takes Charges As Delhi Police Chief

Sujata, a relative of the Bhatia family, suspected foul play and categorically turned down media reports claiming occult practices to be the reason of the ‘mass suicide’ by the family. Also Read - Former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana Appointed Commissioner of Delhi Police

Responding to reports of pipes found in the house having a connection with the deaths, Sujata said that the 11 pipes were brought for a solar project and ventilation purpose. Also Read - Delhi Police Arrests Mumbai Firm's Managing Director in Rs 100 Crore Cheating Case

The pipes were found coming out of the house in an unusual manner. While four of the pipes were straight, seven of them were facing downwards. Interestingly, among the deceased, four were women while the remaining seven were women.

“The family was religious. They were not involved in occult practices unlike media reports suggest. There is a conspiracy. The pipes were brought for a solar project & ventilation purpose,” Sujata told media today.

Meanwhile, the delivery boy of the restaurant, who was seen in the CCTV footage of the house, said that he had gone to deliver rotis at around 10:30 am and everything seemed normal to him.

Earlier today, it was reported that Lalit Bhatia, one of the deceased, used to conduct the alleged ‘rituals’ on ‘directions’ of his father, who died 10 years ago.

According to reports, Lalit even convinced other family members – who were found hanging blindfolded on Sunday – to follow the ‘instructions’ by his father.

The autopsy report of the 10 members reveal that all the deaths were caused by “ante-mortem hanging” (asphyxiation), while Narayani Bhatia died of “partial hanging”.

Suspecting the role of a tantrik behind the deaths, the Delhi Police on Monday launched a manhunt for a tantrik ‘Baba Janegadi’.

Police recovered handwritten notes from the house point towards “observance of some definite spiritual/mystical practices by the whole family”, according to the police. The notes not only give details of the process of gaining ‘salvation’, but also the time and day at which the act should be performed. The notes corroborate with the crime scene. They have strong similarity with the manner in which the mouths and eyes of the deceased were tied and taped.