Burari deaths not suicide but accident, reveals psychological autopsy report

Burari death

New Delhi, Sep 15: Eleven members of a family who were found dead under mysterious circumstances at their home in North Delhi’s Burari in July did not commit suicide, but it was an “accident that occurred during a ritual”, the psychological autopsy report has revealed.

The Delhi Police had written to the Central Bureau of Investigation in July to conduct the psychological autopsy and received the report on Wednesday evening.

“On the basis of psychological autopsy study on the deceased, the incident was not a suicide but an accident that occurred during the course of performing a ritual. None of the deceased had an intention to put an end to his/her life,” the report read.

During the course of the psychological autopsy, the CBI’s Central Forensic Science Laboratory analysed the notes in registers found in the house and statements of friends and members of the Chundawat family recorded by police.

The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) also interviewed the eldest son of the family matriarch Dinesh Singh Chundawat and his sister Sujata Nagpal and their families.

Psychological autopsy attempts to study a person’s mental state by analysing medical records, interviewing friends and family and conducting research into their state of mind prior to death, a senior police officer said.

The officer said the CBI, who were handed over the diaries the family had written over a span of 11 years which talked about attaining God, concurred with the police investigation.

According to sources, police, during investigation, had found that one of the members, Lalit Chundawat, claimed to have visions of his dead father and would dictate certain things to his family members. Lalit had encouraged the other family members to follow a set of rituals to find a way to God.

He had driven the family to perform the rituals in which they apparently tied their feet and hands and covered their faces with pieces of cloth.

In Delhi’s Burari case, 11 members of a family were found dead on the morning of July 1, at their residence.

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.

(With inputs from PTI)

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