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Burari Case: Handwritten Notes Corroborate ‘Mass Salvation’ Theory; Relatives Rule Out Religious Angle
The handwritten notes had detailed instructions for “mass salvation”, including how hangings should be conducted.
New Delhi, July 2: Certain handwritten notes found during the search of the house in Delhi’s Burari where 11 members of a family were found hanging on Sunday hint at “spiritual and mystical practices” by the family, according to police.
- A relative of the 11 members has suspected foul play in the incident, saying that “they were educated people and not superstitious”.
- The family had reportedly conducted a ‘havan’ hours before allegedly committing suicide.
The notes had detailed instructions for “mass salvation”, including how hangings should be conducted. The family seemed to have followed the instructions, some of which may have been written months ago. They even conducted a ‘havan’ hours before the incident was reported, says a Times of India report.
The notes, which were reportedly found in a couple of registers said that “the human body is temporary and one can overcome fear by covering their eyes and mouth”. They also talk about how one can attain salvation.
Some notes have dates on which they were written while others didn’t have it. All the notes talk about reaching the end and gaining peace.
The notes, which detail the process of how ‘salvation’ can be achieved corroborate with the crime scene.
However, a relative of the 11 members has suspected foul play in the incident, saying that “they were educated people and not superstitious”.
Ketan Nagpal, whose maternal grandmother was one of the deceased, alleged that they were killed and dismissed the police theory that it could be a case of “suicide pact”. He said it was a prosperous family.
“They were not facing any financial issues and had not taken even a single loan. Everything was fine. Why would they kill themselves?” he said.
Nagpal contended that even if they had to commit suicide, they would not have covered their faces and taped their mouth.
Another relative said they had spoken to the family last night. They sounded “normal” and did not show any signs of depression, he added.
“The family did not have enmity with anyone. But we suspect someone killed them,” he alleged.
The relatives claimed that there was no “religious angle” linked to the deaths.
“They believed in God but who believes in such things (referring to handwritten notes talking about salvation). They were educated people and not superstitious,” said one of the relatives.
Meanwhile, a friend of the two minor boys, who were also among the 11 deceased, said he had seen them playing cricket last night (Saturday night).
The 15-year-old boys were Class 9 students of Virendra Public School, their friend, Jatin, said.
He said, “I saw them playing last night. Bhavnesh uncle was happy seeing them. It is hard to believe they are not here with us.”
Devesh Malik, one of the neighbours of the family, said their children were finding it hard to come to terms with what had happened.
“Our children are scared. They are not able to gauge what has happened,” he added.
Ten of those dead were found hanging from an iron-mesh in the ceiling for ventilation, while the body of a 77-year-old woman was lying on the floor in another room of the house, the police said.
Those who were found hanging had their mouth taped and their faces covered with cloth pieces cut from a single bedsheet. The woman found dead on the floor was without a blindfold and had been allegedly strangulated.
The deceased were identified as Narayan Devi (77), who was found dead on the floor, her daughter Pratibha (57), her two sons Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit Bhatia (45).
Bhavnesh’s wife Savita (48) and their three children – Meenu (23), Nidhi (25) and Dhruv (15).
Police found handwritten notes which indicated a “religious or spiritual angle” to the deaths. A police officer said a probe will be conducted to find “if the family indulged in occult practices” or they followed “any godman”.