New Delhi, July 11: Over 200 people have been questioned in the mysterious deaths of 11 members of a family in Burari. After receiving the final postmortem report, the police will go for a psychological autopsy of the deceased to ascertain what prompted them for replicating “badh tapasya”, a banyan-tree like formation, reported Zee. (Also read: One Member Tried to Escape Death at Last Minute)
The fiance of one of the deceased, 33-year-old Priyanka Bhatia, was questioned again and he denied any knowledge of the family indulging in any rituals. Ten of the 11 members of the family were found hanging from an iron-mesh in the ceiling earlier this month, while the body of 77-year-old Narayan Devi, the head of the family, was lying on the floor in another room of the house.
Those who died that night were Devi’s daughter Pratibha (57), her two sons Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit (45), Bhavnesh’s wife Savita (48) and their three children Maneka (23), Neetu (25), and Dhirendra (15), Lalit’s wife Tina (42) and their 15-year-old son Dushyant, and Pratibha’s daughter Priyanka.
Police had found 11 diaries which hinted at had “psychological musings” and things about attaining “road to God”. Meanwhile, the ‘souls’ mentioned in the notes have been identified, a daily reported on Wednesday. The ‘souls’ belonged to Sajjan Singh, Heera, Dayanand and Ganga Devi — all relatives. While Sajjan was Lalit Bhatia’s father-in-law, Heera was Pratibha’s husband while Dayanand and Ganga Devi were the in-laws of Lalit’s sister Sujata who was also dead. In the diary, Lalit mentions that they needed to perform the last rites of these people and would remain with Lalit’s late father till then.
Police also said someone named Kuldeep Rana wrote to them, claiming that the family used to visit a tantrik who could have played a role. But so far, they haven’t found any proof to support it.