There is a fresh twist in the Delhi’s Burari case. Eleven members of a family who were found dead at their residence in Norrh Delhi’s Burari area did not commit suicide but it was an accident that occurred during a ritual, a psychological autopsy report revealed.

Earlier in July, the Delhi Police had requested CBI to conduct the psychological autopsy. CBI’s Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) conducted the psychological autopsy which attempts to study a deceased person’s mental state by analysing medical records, interviewing friends and family and conducting research into their state of mind prior to death. The Delhi Police received the report on September 12.

The CFSL examined all the related documents, proofs and states of the neighbours and family members. The officer said that the CBI who were handed over the diaries which the family had written in a span of 11 years which talked about attaining God, concurred with the police investigation.

Ten of the 11 members family were found hanging from an iron mesh in the ceiling of the house, while the body of 77-year-old Narayan Devi, the head of the family, was lying on the floor in another room of the house.

Her daughter Pratibha, 57, and her two sons Bhavnesh, 50, and Lalit, 45, were among the dead. Bhavnesh’s wife Savita, 48, and their three children – Maneka, 23, Neetu, 25, and Dhirendra, 15, were also found dead.

Others who were found hanging were Lalit’s wife Tina (42), their 15-year-old son Dushyant and Pratibha’s daughter Priyanka, who was engaged last month and was to marry by the year-end. 

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