Days after the mysterious deaths of the Bhatia family in Delhi’s Burari, the Delhi police on Wednesday claimed to have solved the puzzling case, saying it was an act of gratitude to God.
The police said that the family committed mass suicide in a thankful gesture to god after their several pending works were completed.
“The family committed suicide in a thankful gesture to god. Lalit was giving the family instructions he had received from the soul of his father, Gopaldas who died 10 years ago. The family has been benefitted from the instructions and started believing in Lalit. From just one shop, they have made it to three shops. Also, the marriage of their ‘manglik’ daughter was fixed,” Delhi police said in a statement.
The police said that the incidents of Gopaldas’ soul possessing family members had also taken place in their native place in Rajasthan.
On Sunday, 77-year-old Narayani Devi, her sons, Lalit and Bhavnesh, their families, including two 15-years-old minor boys, her daughter and 33-year-old granddaughter were found dead inside their house in Delhi’s Burari area.
While 10 of the 11 family members were found hanging from an iron rod of a ceiling with their eyes covered, mouths gagged and hands tied behind their back, Narayani Devi was lying on the floor of the house.
The case, which initially looked like a mystery plot of a crime series or movie, left the people in a state of shock. At one point, the strange deaths even left the police wondering if it was a case of mass suicide or mass murder.
However, the cops later recovered two handwritten notebooks in form of diaries, which revealed the ghastly details about the first-ever kind of puzzling deaths.
The notes revealed that Lalit Bhatia, the youngest son of the Narayani Devi was the “brain” behind the mass suicide.
Police said that Lalit had been hallucinating about his father Gopaldas. He had told the family that the soul of his father was giving him instructions to lead a better life and attain salvation. He had allegedly convinced the family that they would not die and the soul of his father would save them.
“In your last hours, while your last wish is fulfilled, the sky will open up and the earth will shake. But you don’t panic and start chanting the mantra louder. I will come and took off your noose and will help you to save others,” one of the entries in the diary read.
The mass hanging was planned in advance. Even the day, the time and the way of hanging was pre-planned, police said citing the notes recovered from their home. Lalit has been writing those notes for the last few years.
In the way the family was found hangings: like blindfolded, mouth gagged and hands tied behind their back had strong similarities with the notes written in the diaries.