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Burari mass deaths: All died due to hanging, say police

Burari mass deaths: All died due to hanging, say police

New Delhi: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has ruled out a foul play in the Burari mass deaths case as the final post-mortem report of the seventy-seven-year-old Narayan Devi was received which claimed that she died due to hanging like the other 10 deceased. Police have also found the place of hanging was pre-determined and the information about it was written inside the nine registers and loose papers which were recovered from the spot. The rope through which hands were tied was found loose of three the deceased -- Lalit, his wife Tina and his elder brother Bhavnesh. Now, the police are probing whether they hanged themselves after tying the others or they tried to escape from the hanging.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar stated that the elderly woman Narayani Devi died due to hanging and no foul play was found in 11 deaths and the post-mortem reports supports the hanging theory. 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. It is suspected that she was lying on the bed when she hung herself from the handle of an almirah kept near her bed and then her body rolled down from the bed. The documents found from the spot had instructions about how nine people were supposed to hang from the iron grill, one of the women was supposed to hang from the window near the pooja room and the elderly woman was supposed to hang in an adjacent room. The detailed post-mortem report which is of more than 10 pages will be read by the investigators.

The senior police officer denied any tantrik theory in the case. The viscera of the deceased, the handwriting samples and other exhibits will be sent for forensic examination. Delhi Police will conduct a 'psychological autopsy'.

Abhay Singh

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