Indian police find 11 family members dead and blindfolded in 1 home
Investigation ongoing, as police say there was no sign of forced entry into the house
Police in India's capital said they found 11 bodies in a home under mysterious circumstances on Sunday, 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 Burari village in the northern part of New Delhi, said police officer Vineet Kumar.
Police are investigating whether the victims — four men, three women and four girls — died by suicide or were killed, Kumar said, adding that no suicide note was found.
Police began their investigation after they received a call Sunday morning that some "members of a family have committed suicide," Kumar said.
There were no bullet marks on the bodies of the victims, 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 of the house, said a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with department policy.
The family had been living in the house for more than two decades, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported. It said the house belongs to a businessman who ran a plywood shop and dairy.
The newspaper said that at around 8 a.m. Sunday, a neighbour with whom the businessman used to go for morning walks went to see him and found the door of the house open and the 10 people, including the man, hanging. He raised an alarm and others called police.
Arjun Thukral, a relative of the family who lives in the same neighbourhood, 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.
New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited the scene, called the incident "tragic."
"Police are investigating. … Let's wait for their investigation to be over," he said.