The mystery of Burari deaths
A colony called Sant Nagar is located in Burari, the capital city of India.
Sant Nagar is mostly inhabited by families from Hariyana and Punjab who come there for various jobs and businesses. Families who lived in peace with each other.
There, the Bhatia family lived in a two-story house, which had all the essentials. Theirs was a joint family.
There, mother Narayani Devi and her children Bavnesh, wife Savita, Lalit, wife Tina, daughter Pratibha, Pratibha’s daughter Priyanka, Bavnesh’s children Neetu, Monu, Dhruv and Lalit’s only son Shivam lived a happy life.
July 1st, 2018, woke up to the news of a major death. The entire Bhatia family living there has committed suicide. No one could even believe it.
On July 1, 2018, a neighbor, Gurucharan Singh, was out for his morning walk as usual. Usually someone from the Bhatia family will accompany Pulli. Didn’t see anyone today. And everyone buys milk in the morning from their grocery store. Usually the shop should open at 6 o’clock. But the shop did not open till 7.30 that day.
Suspicious, Gurucharan Singh went to their house.
The front door was not locked from the inside. He opened the door and went inside to the first floor.
There was a courtyard as seen in our country. An iron wire mesh was placed over it. Ten members of that house hang in a circle at certain distances from that mesh. Their mother Narayani Devi lies dead in their room with a shawl around her neck.
This view!! We can only imagine the condition of the person who first saw the eleven dead bodies.
Gurucharan Singh rushed home screaming loudly. He pointed out the Bhatia house to everyone he met on the way. All he could hear was crying. What he saw there was so horrible. We cannot see such a tragedy even in our worst dreams.
Police rushed to the spot. Any brave “Whoah!” It was an eye-opening sight. Forensics soon arrived. The first step was to assign a number to each dead body. Those who took the ten dead bodies that were standing on the floor in such a way that they did not touch the floor and turned them over put the number. These were the dead.
1) Narayani Devi (80), mother of Bhuvnesh, Lalit and Pratibha
2) Pratibha Bhatia (57), widowed daughter of Narayani Devi
3) Bhuvnesh (50), elder son of Narayani Devi
4) Lalit (45), younger son of Narayani Devi
5) Savita (48), elder daughter-in-law of Narayani Devi, wife of Bhuvnesh
6) Tina (42) , younger daughter-in-law of Narayani Devi, wife of Lalit
7) Priyanka (33), daughter of Pratibha
8) Nitu (25), elder daughter of Bhuvnesh
9) Monu (called “Menaka”) (23), younger daughter of Bhuvnesh
10) Dhruv (called “Dushyant”) (15), only son and youngest child of Bhuvnesh
11) Shivam (15), son and only child of Lalit.
There was something special about those dead bodies. One was the pattern they hung, which was strange. They all hung from the square wire mesh that made a whole circle. And they were all blindfolded and their hands tied behind their backs with telephone wire. Cloth and cotton were inserted in the mouth and ears. Five stools are used for ten people. Except for the younger son Lalit and his wife Tina, all the rest of the knots were the same.
Suicidal people never tie their hands behind their backs or cover their eyes. So everyone suspected that it could be a murder.
But who? why There were no signs of trespassing in the house. None of the dead showed signs of resistance. There was no theft. The house is not cluttered.
And what happened in that house?
Narayanidevi’s elder son Pradeep and a daughter also came with the information. And that the family will not commit suicide as a whole. If so, they would not kill the mother, she insisted.
They even accused the police of siding with the murderers. The police were helpless.
Murder? Suicide? Or some family secret we don’t know about?
Their pet dog, another member of the Bhatia family, was tied above the wire mesh from which they were hanging. He was the only one left alive. The only witness who saw his loved ones get caught and die. Because he couldn’t speak, he kept everything inside and barked something in his own language.
The police could find no trace. The police even worked hard to exhume the dead bodies for post-mortem. It was a heartbreaking sight to see eleven dead bodies and eleven ambulances coming out from the first floor.
All the neighboring houses were surrounded by media with cameras showing every minute live.
Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal visited the house. The relatives were also assured that the case will be proved as soon as possible. Among the surrounding cameras, one camera noticed something special on the wall of that house. Eleven pipes are attached in various ways. Four of them are mounted upwards and seven downwards.
A journalist reported that it was associated with deaths and that four males and seven females died. This was an indicator that it was knocked out. But the news, reported for the sake of news prominence, made the police look at the case from a different angle.
Later, the police were behind these pipes. But the plumber said it was for ventilation. He fitted it. Would any one lay eleven pipes without adopting windows or other means of ventilation? That too became a doubt. Anyway, the police seized all the evidence from inside the house. Maybe get a clue from that?
Signs of a homam were seen near that house.
Again the doubt extended to the pipe. Then there is the doubt that superstitions are the driving force. It was only eleven days after the sister’s daughter’s engagement was celebrated there. Eleven years since their father died. Another eleven pipe. As if Eleven had an inextricable connection to that house. The police were again confused. Even then, their relatives believed that it was a murder.
The police searched the house. Tested without a single dust residue. The background of everyone in the house was checked.
I got some notebooks from that house. They used those notebooks like a diary. The police took everything and took it for intensive reading and examination. I read it all in almost one day.
How the people of that house should live each day was clearly written in those diaries.
For example, a note says “Dru has more game on mobile. So don’t give him any more recharges”. Even trivial things are written. When the handwriting was checked, it was found that it belonged to Priyanka, who was recently engaged.
But it is clear that she has only copied someone else’s instructions.
The police delved into some flashbacks of this family.
Their father Bhopal Singh was a very intelligent and hard working man. In Haryana, there was an eight-acre homestead and agricultural land. But after the girls were married off, the financial situation worsened. With that, he sold everything and settled his debts and moved to Delhi with his family.
Many businesses were also done here. Finances went smoothly. My father controlled everything in the house. So when the father died suddenly, the children did not know how to continue their lives.
Although the eldest son is willing to suffer. He was not able to take up the responsibilities of the family. So Anian Lalit was fulfilling the responsibilities of the family.
Lalit said that his father’s spirit always talks to him from time to time and he gives instructions. Every night when Hanuman Chalisa is recited for a certain number of times, the father’s soul enters Lalit. Later, the family said that even he was speaking in his father’s voice.
Slowly Lalit was promoted to his father’s position. Lalit would give exact information about what each person should do. In such a way, only good has befallen them by obeying his instructions unwaveringly. Business is big. Two shops opened and finances improved. And Lalit says that all the family members believed him. The family members started obeying whatever Lalit said.
Eleven years after his father died in 2007, his sister’s daughter got engaged on the eleventh day. What Priyanka wrote down in her notebook, saying Lalit, led them to this mass suicide.
It was written in that note how everyone should stand by the neck, eyes should be covered and hands should be tied behind the back. They did the same. It was believed that a bowl of water should be placed on the window and when it changes color, the father will come and save everyone. Not that he will die and come back stronger. It is heard that he believed that he would become richer. It is also believed that those pipes were installed for the souls to go. The sad truth is that there is not a single person alive in that house to prove or confirm any of this. But it was realized that it was not true that someone from outside had come there and made them suffer.
Then the police searched for Lalit. Everyone had only good things to say about him. But the eldest son’s daughter once told her friends in class that her father’s brother will be affected by his grandfather and will speak like his grandfather.
But Lalit had strictly told everyone in the house not to tell the secrets of the house to anyone outside. It is the younger brother Lalit who has suggested that the wife of the elder son should look after everything in the kitchen. Lalit will decide what each person in the house should do. The house was like a cult. Lalit was the godman there. There was no one in the house to say another word.
The police asked Lalit’s friends about him. Lalit was under a lot of pressure after his father died.
Meanwhile, he had a big bike accident. He had a good cut on his head. He was in the hospital for a long time.
Later, when he started the plywood business, the boss of the company where he worked in the past and his goons tried to kill Lalit. They tried to do that by setting fire to the plywood company. He survived but lost his voice. He got his voice back after seven long years. That too while praying Hanuman Chalisa. Then it became a habit. It was at such a time that the spirit of my father came.
According to psychiatrists, the head injury may have affected his brain. He may have reached a state of psychosis after the subsequent trauma.
Father and Father’s Soul is the story he creates in that state of psychosis.
Relatives say that Lalit was very upset at the time of his daughter’s engagement. He was probably afraid that she would tell them the secrets of this house when she went to another house.
We cannot predict how a person with psychosis will think. But his success here is that he can control others to trust him.
It was mass psychosis in a way.
However, his illness was not treated in time and resulted in a mass death. The fact that even a lot of educated children believed in him and returned after such an adventure is pointed out as proof of all this. Stools were brought for hanging and wire for tying could be seen on CCTV.
So it can be understood that this is not an outside murder.
If you ask if this is a suicide, it is not. In it suicide is done with the will of the dying person. That is not the reason. When we say murder, we mean killing someone without their permission. But in this case no one has any objection. So whether it is suicide or murder is still an issue.
Victims of superstition or an asthmatic death if you will.
These mass deaths occurred because mental illnesses are not properly treated in our country. Many of the things that we jokingly call vata can be treated and cured by seeing a doctor. But if you look at pride and do not treat such things, such tragedies will repeat again.
The house where eleven deaths took place is an orphan today. Some of the neighbors say that they can still be seen sometimes where they used to stand. That is another superstition. How many more lives will superstitions destroy?
House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths (2021)
[House Of Secrets: The Burari Deaths] | 3 episodes
House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths is a Netflix documentary series produced by Leena Yadav based on the July 2018 mass death in Delhi’s Burari. In the month of July 2018, 11 people, including children, were found hanging dead in a house. 11 people including children and elderly people. The investigation begins like something out of a thriller movie with the neighbors calling the police. Murder or suicide? The investigation team could not find any information about the murder. Those mysterious questions are haunting them now “11 people? Including children? At the same time? how Why?” Disciplined presentation style and powerful background music by AR Rahman are the main attractions of House of Secret which has become one of the best Indian documentary series by bringing to the audience the extreme feel of the true horror of the incident at every moment.
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