The research and investigations being carried out by the Crime Branch officials have revealed a lot about the appalling incidents of ‘mass suicide’, where 11 family members were found hanging in their house in Burari. Reportedly, the family had been preparing for it from the last 10 days. A video footage of their neighbourhood shows the family members purchasing the goods for rituals, five tables and bandage from the nearby shops.
Two of the family members— Lalit Bhatia and his wife Tina —tied the hands and legs of the family members and hung themselves after it.
“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,” said Joy N. Tirkey, Deputy Commissioner of Police.
“The line of investigation is focused on the role of Lalit and his wife,” he added.
“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,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity.
“Like his late father Gopaldass, who was in the Indian Army, Lalit gave all family members training in discipline, code of conduct, rehearsals of dos and don’ts during ritual practices. As per an entry in one of the registers seized from the house, he also instructed family members often to stand to position like soldiers after morning prayers for increasing mental strength,” the officer added.