Crime Branch to probe death of 11 members of Burari family

The Delhi Police's Crime Branch will be probing the mysterious death of 11 members of a family in north Delhi's Burari this morning, a senior officer said.

Ten bodies were found hanging and blindfolded, while a 77-year-old woman's body was found on the floor. Two of the deceased are minors, police said.

The victims have been identified as Narayan Devi (77), her daughter Pratibha (57) and two sons--Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit Bhatia (45).

Bhavnesh's wife Savita (48) and their three children--Meenu (23), Neetu (25) and Dhruv (15) were also found dead, police said, adding Lalit's wife Tina (42) along with their

15-year-old son Shivam was also among the dead.

Pratibha's daughter, Priyanka (33), who had got engaged last month and was supposed to get married by the end of this year, was also found hanging, they said.

During a search of the house, the police found certain handwritten notes pointing towards observance of some religious practice by the family.

The notes had a similarity with the manner in which mouths and eyes of the victims were found taped and tied, they said.

A case of murder has been registered at Burari police station in the incident, police said, adding the case has been handed over to the Crime Branch.

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