All 11 members of the Chundawat family, whose bodies were recently recovered from their residence in north Delhi's Burari, died due to hanging, a senior police officer said today after the force received the last post-mortem report of 77-year-old Narayan Devi.
The police would now ascertain whether three members of the family, whose hands were found loosely tied with rope, hanged themselves after tying others or they tried to free themselves.
"The post-mortem reports of the 11 family members say that they died due to ante-mortem hanging. The reports support the suicide theory. We will study the reports," Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) said.
The police received the post-mortem reports of 10 members of the family yesterday, while that of Narayan Devi was submitted by the medical board today.
The police had found a belt near Narayan Devi's body and a stole around her neck.
It is suspected that she was hanged from an almirah, the police said.
Kumar said that documents found from the spot carried instructions on how they should be hanged.
The police also received a pseudonymous letter claiming that the Chundawat family was in touch with self-styled godman "bidi wale baba" of Karala. He was questioned yesterday but there were no links found between him and the Chundawat family, the police said.
"Till now, we have not found anything to indicate that the family was in touch with any godman or tantrik," said the police officer.
Kumar said that they were planning to conduct psychological autopsy of the deceased.
The viscera of the deceased, the handwriting samples and other exhibits would be sent for forensic examination tomorrow, the police said.
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 police had also found 11 diaries, which contained "psychological musings" and certain things written about the "road to god".
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