- Lalit Chundawa had started talking about "visits" from his dead father
- One of his notes appeared to predict doomsday; said family would be saved
- 11 members of the family were found dead in home in north Delhi's Burari
Investigations into the mysterious death of 11 of a family in Delhi are now focused on notes found in the house, which point at one man's hallucinations and delusions of an impending apocalypse.
On Sunday, 77-year-old Narayan Devi, her children and grandchildren were found dead. She was on her bed while 10 others, including two 15-year-old boys, were hanging from a wire grid in the hallway of their home in Burari, north Delhi.
None of the family members, including Narayan Devi, showed any signs of struggle and all died from hanging, confirms the autopsy.
The police say Narayan Devi's youngest son Lalit Chundawat, 45, drove the "mass suicide" and jotted down the notes that included "instructions". He began writing these notes in 2015.
He had reportedly taken a vow of silence a few years ago but had recently started talking again, about "visits" from his dead father.
One of his notes appeared to predict doomsday and advised the family that they would be saved.
The entry read: "Antim samay mein, aakhri ichha ki purti ke waqt, aasman hilegi dharti kaanpegi, us waqt tum ghabrana mat, mantra ka jaap badha dena, mein aakar utar loonga aur ko bhi utarne mein madad karunga (in your last hours, while your last wish is fulfilled, the skies will open up and the earth will shake, don't panic but start chanting the mantra louder. I will come to save you, I will bring you down and help with the others too)."
The police say this was what Lalit believed advice from his father who had died 10 years ago.
Lalit Chundawat allegedly told the family that he received this message from his father and everyone should follow it.
The family was very superstitious and apparently believed that the end of the world was coming.
According to relatives and friends, Lalit Chundawat communicated mostly by scribbling notes, even with customers who came to his grocery shop.
Lalit Chundawat's sister Sujata, who lives in Panipat, wept over the unspeakable tragedy and said: "I can't believe that they committed suicide. Everyone was so happy. Someone has killed my family and the police have to find them."
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