Neighbours said that everything was fine in the family till Saturday evening.
The victims belonged to the same family and a lot of them had lived in the same home in Burari village in the northern part of New Delhi, said police officer Vineet Kumar. The deceased have been identified as Narayan Devi, who was found dead on the floor, her daughter Pratibha (57), her two sons Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit Bhatia (45).
In a major twist of events in Burari case, the culprit is believed to be one of the deceased family members, claimed reports while denying any instance of forceful entry in the house. According to the police, evidence found in the house suggest that the family may have been practising an occult ritual that may have gone awry. Though, it is not confirmed if all the bodies belong to the same family, police in the initial stage of investigation is suspecting a mass suicide, but the angle of other crimes are not being neglected, said a police official on anonymity.
The family had been living in the house for more than two decades, the Hindustan Times reported. The family was into plywood business and they were staying in the locality for the last 20 years, the locals said.
He raised an alarm and people called the police.
While police are yet to establish any connection between the two incidents, the investigation will consider all possible aspects, a senior police officer who is handling the gang war case told Reuters.
"I saw the bodies hanging, stools lying around, and my wife's aunt sprawled on the floor by the bed".
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Some locals said CCTV cameras in the area could have helped solve the murder. "I couldn't bear watching anymore", he said.
Chandrakanta, who runs a store nearby, added, "I used to run into all of them off and on".
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he spoke to area residents, saying that everyone was shocked by the deaths.
A neighbour of the family said they couldn't have committed suicide, New Delhi Television reported.
Special commissioner of police Sandip Goyal and joint commissioner of police Rajesh Khurana also visited the scene.
A police statement said there were "definite spiritual or mystical practices by the family," Indian broadcaster NDTV reports.