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Mysterious, Grisly Find in Family's Home: 11 Bodies, 10 Hanging

Police in New Delhi 'can't rule out anything'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 1, 2018 8:18 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Police in India's capital found 11 bodies in a home under mysterious circumstances on Sunday, reports the AP, including 10 that were blindfolded and hanging. The victims were all from the same family and most lived in the home where they were found in the northern part of New Delhi, said police officer Vineet Kumar. Kumar said police received a call Sunday morning that some "members of a family have committed suicide." But he said that no suicide note was found, and that police were investigating whether the victims—four men, three women, and four girls—died by suicide or were killed. There were no bullet marks on the victims' bodies and there was no sign of forced entry into the house, Kumar said. "We're yet to reach any conclusion whatsoever," he said. Ten bodies, blindfolded by cotton and pieces of cloth, were found hanging from an iron grill used as a ventilator in the home's courtyard, while the body of a 70-year-old woman was lying on the floor, said a police official.

The Hindustan Times reported that the house belongs to a businessman who ran a plywood shop and dairy. The newspaper said that at around 8am Sunday, a neighbor went to see him and found the door of the house open and the 10 people, including the businessman, hanging. Arjun Thukral, a relative who lives in the same neighborhood, said he ran to the victims' house as news of the deaths spread. "I saw the bodies hanging, stools lying around, and my wife's aunt sprawled on the floor by the bed. I couldn't bear watching anymore," he said. Thukral questioned whether the family had died by suicide. "No father can kill his own son. ... I don't think they committed suicide. These are murders," he said. New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited the scene, called the incident "tragic." Police rep Rajesh Khurana told reporters all angles were being investigated. "We can't rule out anything."

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