Unexplained Mystery: House where 11 of family died


11 members of a family were found dead in a peculiar situation in their house in Burari, New Delhi on July 1.

The Bhatia family was natives of Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. They moved to New Delhi two decades ago. Their death becomes an unexplained mystery.

The members of the family were 77-year-old Narayan Devi, her sons Bhavnesh  (50) and Lalit  (45), their wives Savita (48) and Tina (42) respectively. A daughter Pratibha (57) and five grandchildren, Priyanka (33), Neetu (25), Monu (23), and Dhruv and Shivam (both 15). Bhavnesh owned a grocery shop, Lalit owned a plywood business, and Priyanka employed in a Noida firm.

On July 1 neighbors entered the house when Bhavnesh grocery shop was not opened at the everyday time. They found all the members dead in the house. Narayan Devi was found dead in a room and rest 10 members were found hanging in the hallway. Most had their hands, legs, and mouth tied and mouths were taped.


Police found 11 notebooks in which religious rituals were written in Hindi. In fact, they also found that a “Hawan” was conducted hours before their death and food was ordered from outside. At first, police suspected “external influence” and explored the possibility of godmen misguiding the family. But not evidence of that has been found so far.

Footage released by police showed Dhruv and Shivam carrying cables and Savita and Neetu bringing stools to the house around 10 pm on 30 June. These items were used in the ritual.

The Final Closure report

However, now investigators in these mysterious deaths are convinced that it was a case of mass suicide. Furthermore, the family was suffering from a “shared psychological disorder”. In which members of a group blindly trust one among them and follow instructions without a question. In this case, they feel that Lalit suffered from “delusional disorder”.

After the death of Bhopal Singh, Lalit’s father, Lalit took over as the family’s patriarch. He convinced others that he was his father’s reincarnation and even began mimicking the late man. The notes found in their house claim the family expected to see the patriarch the moment they hang. As he would save them by bringing down the hanging people. The members were supposed to untie each other after that.

Finally, on Thursday a police officer said that the final closure report will be prepared after getting the viscera and detailed autopsy of the 11 bodies. “The Crime Branch has sent its case report to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik who is all set to close the case and submit the final closure to the Home Ministry,” the officer told IANS.

Relatives Believe in the murder

However, relatives still believe that the family was murdered. And all 11 members could not have hanged themselves. But they have been unable to come up with any motive for murder.


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