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Burari: They talked about the future, not death, say relatives, neighbours

On Saturday, the two 15-year-old boys, Dhruv and Shivam, spoke with friends about playing a cricket match the next day. Their fathers Bhavnesh Bhatia and Lalit Bhatia had discussed business with suppliers. Others in the family had invited an ailing relative to visit Delhi for treatment.

india Updated: Jul 02, 2018 10:04 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A forensic expert inspects the house where 11 members of a family were found hanging from an iron grill, in Burari in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI)

Neighbours and relatives of the Burari family, who were found dead on Sunday, said there were no indications about their drastic intentions. The family, they said, looked towards the future not death.

The 11 deaths inside the house in north Delhi’s Burari has shocked neighbours and locals, who had interacted with the family members, some as late as Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday, the two 15-year-old boys, Dhruv and Shivam, spoke with friends about playing a cricket match on Sunday. Their fathers Bhavnesh Bhatia and Lalit Bhatia had discussed business with suppliers. Others in the family had invited an ailing relative to visit Delhi to get treatment at a city hospital.

The three-storey house where they were found dead on Sunday had served as the venue for an engagement on June 17. Priyanka, 33, who was among the dead, was to be married to a Noida-based software engineer in December.

“It was a wonderful get-together for our entire family. Almost all the relatives had gathered at the house for the engagement. They were such good hosts,” said Sujata, the surviving elder sister of Bhavnesh and Lalit.

Priyanka, meanwhile, had herself attended a family friend’s anniversary at 8pm on Saturday. “She gifted us a bed sheet and informally invited us for her wedding. She asked my wife to buy sarees for the wedding function and asked me to learn how to dance. Later, she visited a nearby laundry to give her clothes. She did not behave like she was staring at death,” said Praveen Mittal, who identfied himself as Priyanka’s brother.

The two boys, Dhruv and Shivam, had watched the FIFA football world cup at a friend’s house on Saturday night. “They talked about the remaining matches and how their academic time table would stop them from watching the games. We were to play a cricket match today (Sunday) and both of them had agreed to be a part of it,” said a 16-year-old boy, who lives in the same colony.

Sujata said she had spoken to the family over phone on Saturday afternoon. “My husband is hospitalised. I spoke to my mother (Narayan Devi) and sister (Pratibha). They asked me to discontinue his treatment at Panipat and bring him to Delhi instead,” said Sujata.

The business of the two brothers too was doing well. “While closing his grocery shop last night (Saturday), Bhavnesh had stuffed plastic bags in some openings to stop rats from entering. Why would someone looking to die within hours go through such troubles,” said Devesh Singh, a neighbour.

Neighbours remember seeing family members roam on the streets and interact with people as late as 11pm on Saturday.

First Published: Jul 02, 2018 09:26 IST