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India: Extended family found hanging in Delhi house

July 1, 2018 4:19 pm

Eleven members of the same family have been found dead in a house in India’s capital, Delhi – 10 of them hanging from the ceiling, police say.

At least two of the dead were children. A 77-year-old woman was the only one found lying on the floor. Most were blindfolded, gagged and with their hands tied behind the back.

Police say handwritten notes suggested some “mystical practice”.

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However, they have not ruled out murder as the motive.

Only a pet dog was found alive in the family house in northern Delhi’s Burari area.

Post-mortem examinations have begun.

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BBC correspondents have reported a sense of panic in the area.

The Bhatia family, originally from Rajasthan in north-western India, had lived in Delhi for over 20 years.

They ran two shops on the ground floor of the three-storey building.

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