Cementing Delhi Police’s theory of the family suffering from ‘shared psychosis’ that led to the alleged ‘mas suicide’ of 11 of its members, a CCTV footage from the neighbourhood shows that the family bought goods used in ‘rituals’, five tables and bandage from shop close to their Burari home.
The footage revealed that the family had bought goods 10 days before they allegedly decided to hang themselves to attain “Moksha” (salvation).
“In another video clipping, Bhavnesh’s wife Savita and Tina were seen purchasing five stools at 10 p.m. on June 30. After some time, their teenaged children Dhruv and Shivam were seen carrying electric wire, which was used in hanging by some of the family members.
“The line of investigation is focused on the role of Lalit and his wife,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Joy N. Tirkey said.
“The Crime Branch, which is examining the CCTV footage of the last two months, has found couple involved in suspicious activities. The couple was seen carrying goods used in ritual prayers from June 23 to 30. In one of the footage of June 27, Lalit was seen carrying a polybag containing items connected to Vastu Shastra,” a senior police officer connected to the probe said on the condition of anonymity.
“It was found in investigation that generally the family used to send one of their servants to purchase household goods,” the officer said.
“An employee at a nearby restaurant said he delivered 20 loaves as ordered by Lalit Bhatia on June 30 night. The food packet was received by Lalit Bhatia who took money from his brother Bhavnesh to pay up,” the officer added.
“Lalit Bhatia was last seen entering the house on the night of the incident. He was seen walking in the street with family pet dog which was chained in a room on the second floor during the ritual prayer. Their neighbour said that the family generally unleashed the dog during night hours and the pet was seen barking loudly on the fateful night,” he said.
The content of the 11 diaries, that were maintained over a period of 11 years, revealed that the family was not expecting to die and thought that “the earth will shake” and “there will be thunder in the sky”, following which they will be saved.
After the “ritual hanging”, everyone was supposed to untie each other. The police revealed that the financial condition of the family had improved and Priyanka had been engaged after a long struggle to find a suitable boy. The “ritual hanging” was supposed to be the final thanks to the spirits.
Police said that the fact that there were 11 diaries maintained over a period of eleven years is a coincidence and it is not in any way related to the deaths of the 11 family members.
The CCTV footage also indicated that no outsider entered the house from 10 pm on July 1 till the next day when 11 members of the family were found dead by a neighbour.
(With inputs from agencies)