New Delhi, July 23: Barely 22 days after 11 members of the Bhatia family were found dead at their residence in North Delhi’s Burari, the lone survivor of the family- their pet dog, Tommy, died of heart attack on Sunday evening.
Tommy, the only survivor in the house, was chained on the terrace and suffering from high fever when the police found him after discovering the 11 bodies. It was not clear who had tied him. He was later said to have been convalescing at Noida’s House of Stray Animals, where he was taken immediately after being rescued.
Noida-based animal activist Sanjay Mohapatra had adopted Tommy, 6, an Indian-Pitbull mix breed. Mohapatra said Tommy was aggressive and ferocious when an animal rescue team approached him on July 1. It took the team 90 minutes to muzzle the dog and put him in an ambulance.
“Initially, Tommy was depressed and had anxiety. He knew something had gone amiss with his family. He refused food for the first two days. But his condition improved over the next few days. He had resumed eating and was also acting friendly. I had started taking him on morning and evening walks…,” said Mohapatra.
“Tommy seemed fit and fine till Sunday evening. He had his meals on time and also went for a walk at 2pm. After I took him for a walk in the evening, and brought him home by 6pm, he suffered heart failure and collapsed all of a sudden,’’ said Mohapatra. “We took help of the veterinary doctor at our shelter and tried our best to revive him but failed.”
Earlier in Delhi’s Burari case, 11 members of a family were found dead on the morning of July 1, at their residence. Post-mortem report revealed that all the members of family died due to hanging.
The bodies of 10 members of the family were found hanging from an iron mesh attached to the ceiling, while that of Narayan Devi was found lying on the floor in another room of the house.
Narayan Devi’s daughter Pratibha (57) and two sons — Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit (45) — were among the deceased. Bhavnesh’s wife Savita (48) and their three children — Neetu (25), Maneka (23) and Dhirendra (15) — were also found dead.
The others found dead were Lalit’s wife Tina (42), their 15-year-old son Dushyant and Pratibha’s daughter Priyanka, who got engaged last month and was supposed to get married by the year-end.
A police statement said that handwritten notes were found in their house “which point towards observance of some definite spiritual/mystical practices by the whole family”.