Delhi Police still have no concrete answer yet as to what happened to 11 people of a family who were found dead on Monday morning at Burari in Delhi.
The police officers probing the case, however, might have got a clue. It has emerged that the Bhatia family – to which all the deceased belonged – were under influence of a self-styled tantric known as Gada Baba, who practiced some banyan tree occult.
Police have launched a manhunt for Gada Baba. This supposed tantric is believed to have brainwashed the Bhatiya family for committing suicide. The diary that the police have seized from the house refers to worship of banyan tree.
It has references saying that the dead bodies should resemble the prop roots (stranglers) of a banyan tree. The handwritten notes call this “badh tapasya” saying that doing this would “make God happy”. Ten of the 11 dead bodies were found hanging from an iron mesh in the house.
There are also reports that one of the family member, Lalit Bhatia was particularly attracted to tantric belief. It all began with some ailment that his son had which rendered him dumb a few years back. Lalit is said to have performed some kind of tantric sacrifice that restored his son’s voice.
Incidentally, the post-mortem report indicates that 45-year-old Lalit Bhatia and his 42-year-old wife Tina were the last to die. Their 15-year-old son Shivam was also among those found dead.
The diary or the notes recovered from the houses are said to have been written by Lalit Bhatia in his own handwriting. At one point the notes say that “the human body is temporary and one can overcome fear by covering their eyes and mouth”.
Most of the victims were blindfolded and had their mouths taped with the same fabric tore from a bed-sheet. The oldest of the deceased was 77-year-old Narayan Devi, who was found dead on the floor.
Others included Narayan Devi’s daughter Pratibha (57), her two sons Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit. Bhavnesh’s wife Savita (48) and their three children – Nidhi (25), Meenu (23) and Dhruv (15). Pratibha’s daughter Priyanka (33) was also found hanging. She was engaged last month and would have married by the end of this year.
Narayan Devi’s eldest Dinesh Bhatia lives at Kota in Rajasthan and her daughter Sujata stays in Haryana’s Panipath. Sujata has denied any tantric or occult connection with the deaths. She said that the family was religious and chanted Gayatri Mantra and Hanuman Chalisa every night before having dinner. But those who died did not believe in tantric practices or any godman, she insisted.
News crtedit : Indiatoday