New Delhi, July 11: The post-mortem report of 10 of the 11 members of the Chundawat family, whose bodies were recovered from their residence in north Delhi’s Burari, has ruled out any foul play while confirming that they died due to hanging, PTI quoted a senior police official as saying.
The post-mortem report of 77-year-old Narayan Devi, whose body was recovered from another room, was awaited, though an initial report had said she died due to “partial hanging”, he added.
The post-mortem report of the 10 other members of the family said they died due to hanging and no external injury marks were found on the bodies except for a few scratches, the officer said.
“The final opinion states that the family members died due to ante-mortem hanging. We are waiting for Narayan Devi’s report,” he added.
Despite the autopsy report confirming suicide, the horrifying case, which has come across several disturbing details and theories, continue to remain a mystery as the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch is yet to establish the reason behind the deaths and on who and how persuaded the family members to take such extreme step if its theory of ‘mass suicide’ to attain ‘salvation’ holds ground.
In a major revelation in the case last week, the police gained access to a CCTV footage from the neighbourhood which showed that that the family bought goods used in ‘rituals’, five tables and bandage from shop close to their Burari home. The development cemented police’s theory of the family suffering from ‘shared psychosis’.
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.
The bodies of 10 members of the family were found hanging from an iron mesh attached to the ceiling on July 1, while that of Narayan Devi was found lying on the floor in another room of the house.
Narayan Devi’s daughter Pratibha (57) and two sons — Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit (45) — were among the deceased.
Bhavnesh’s wife Savita (48) and their three children — Neetu (25), Maneka (23) and Dhirendra (15) — were also found dead.
The others found dead were Lalit’s wife Tina (42), their 15-year-old son Dushyant and Pratibha’s daughter Priyanka, who got engaged last month and was supposed to get married by the year-end.