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NEW DELHI:  All 11 found mysteriously dead in their home in Delhi on Sunday hanged themselves and it was one man in the family who possibly talked them into what turned into a “mass suicide”, the police suspect. There is evidence that the family members didn’t believe they would die, that they thought god would save them. Piecing together details of the autopsy and writings found in the house in Burari, the police said Lalit Chundawa, the son of 77-year-old Narayani Devi, was the “brain” behind the deaths. The police suggest the suicides were the result of a “shared psychotic episode”.
Here are some new details emerging from the Burari deaths case:
  1. None of the bodies bear any sign of struggle. Some members of the family are believed to have helped others hang themselves, according to notes that filled two big notebooks found by the police.
  2. The members were found hanging from a mesh in their ceiling in the hallway, all close together. Details in the notebooks match how they were found – faces wrapped almost entirely, ears plugged with cotton, mouths taped and hands tied behind the back. There were five stools, probably shared by the 10 members.
  3. In the notes found in diaries, it was written that “everyone will tie their own hands and when the kriya (ritual) is done then everyone will help each other untie their hands.  This indicates that most of the family may have been led to believe they would be alive after the ritual.
  4. Narayani Devi, described in the diary as “bebbe”, was on the floor. The police suspect someone took off her noose and arranged her after she died.
  5. At night, the family ordered 20 rotis, which were delivered around 10.40 pm. The notes had said that food had to be ordered for the ritual and Narayani Devi would feed everyone rotis.
  6. It has emerged that Lalit Chundawa, 45, had been hallucinating about his father Gopaldas, who had died 10 years ago.
  7. He allegedly believed his father wanted to lead the family to salvation and had been writing down “instructions” since 2015.
  8. Those who died were Narayan Devi’s sons Lalit and Bhavnesh, their families and children including two 15-year-old boys; Narayan Devi’s daughter and granddaughter Priyanka, 33, who had been engaged on June 17 and was to marry later this year.
  9. One of the entries read: “I will come tomorrow or day after. If I don’t then I will come later. Don’t worry about Lalit, when I come he becomes tense.”
  10. The police have denied the role of any “godman” in the suicides, as some reports suggested, because of the fact that the main door was open.

What happened? 
Bodies of eleven members of the Bhatia family were found at a house in Delhi’s Burari area early on Sunday morning. Ten bodies were found hanging and blindfolded, while another, the eldest family member Narayani Bhatia, 77, was found strangled in a separate room. The rest, including two 15-year-old boys, allegedly used chunnis (scarves) with religious motifs and cables to hang themselves. They were gagged and blindfolded, with hands tied. Cotton buds were found stuffed in their ears. The only one found alive in the house was the family dog, Jacky, who had been sent to the terrace .

Neighbours said they didn’t hear the dog bark. 

The post-mortem examination of six of the 11 dead revealed no signs of struggle, a senior police officer has disclosed. 

The post-mortem included that of two children, and police have found no indication of strangulation or scuffle. 

Police suspect that the deaths were part of a suicide pact, carried out in accordance with a religious practice, as handwritten notes found on the spot indicated.

Who were the Bhatias? 
The Bhatia family ran a grocery shop and plywood business out of their double-storey home in Sant Nagar, in north Delhi’s Burari’s area. “Their shop would open by 6 am every morning but when it did not till 7.30 am today, a neighbour went to check and later informed the police after finding most of them hanging. The Bhatias lived on the first floor of house number 137/5/2 in lane number 2 of Sant Nagar. Narayani had two sons, Bhavnesh (50) and Lalit (45), who lived in the house with their respective wives, Savita (48) and Teena (42). Bhavnesh had three children Nitu (25), Monu (23) and Dhruv (15), while Lalit had a 15-year-old son, Shivam. Narayani’s elder daughter, Pratibha (57) also lived in the house with her daughter, Priyanka (33) after her husband died a few years ago. All of them were found dead. 

What are the various theories? 
Though no suicide note has been recovered yet, prima facie, the police suspects the Bhatia family committed suicide. But the police is also investigating the case with other possible angles of homicide. It is also checking the CCTV footage and not ruling out anything. This means it could also be a case of murders. 

The mysterious diary 
A diary found in the house had detailed instructions for “mass salvation”, including how hangings should be conducted. The Bhatias seemed to have followed the instructions, some of which may have been written months ago. They conducted a “havan” hours before the suicides. 

Pattiyan achchhe se baandhni hai.. Shunya ke alaawa kuch nahi dikhna chahiye.. Rassi ke saath sooti chunniyan ya sari ka prayog karna hai.. (Everyone should be blindfolded properly, nothing but zenith should be visible to the eyes. A chunni or a sari should be used along with a rope ),” reads one of the last pages of the diary recovered from the house. 

The Bhatia family had been writing down the steps to attain “mass salvation”, which will now serve as clues for police to unravel the mystery. 

Some of the notes stated that “one will not die” but attain something “great”, the officer said. 

The notes even specify the favourable day and time on which these “Kriyas” should be performed. “Saat din Bad pooja lagataar karni hai.. thoda lagan aur shraddha se.. Koi ghar me aa jaaye to agle din.. Guruvaar ya Ravivaar ko chunein… (Worship the Banyan tree for seven days at a stretch with devotion. If somebody comes home then do it the next day. Choose Thursday or Sunday as the day of the act). The notes even specify the favourable time as midnight to 1 am. 

Sources told that the family members had been writing this diary in Hindi for a few months. The last entry in the diary is around two days old. Police said the condition in which the bodies were found had stark similarities with what was written in the diary. The bodies were hanging in batches of three, while one was hanging from the window grille. The “ bebbe” (Narayani) was lying in a separate room. The note read: “ Bebbe khadi nahi ho sakti to alag kamre me late sakti hain (The elderly women can’t stand so she can lie down in another room.)” 

The note also directs the family to dim the lights ( madhdham roshni ka prayog) in the house during the commission of the act. The lines about more devotion and determination from the last time suggest that the family may have tried to commit mass suicide in the past. Relatives are being questioned in this regard. 

The loose ends that puzzle the police 
Despite entries in the diary indicating a suicide for “mass salvation”, cops are still facing many unanswered questions into the deaths of 11 members of Narayani Devi’s family. 

1. The biggest question is how no relative got a hint of such spiritual practices going on in the house. Even Devi’s daughter, Sujata Nagpal, who lives in Panipat, was clueless about the family’s drive to attain salvation. Her brother, Lalit, had last called her at 11 pm on Saturday, but told her nothing about the suicide pact. 

2. Police are quizzing friends and relatives to find out if any family member had mentioned such things to them. The handwritten notes suggest that the family may have attempted mass suicide earlier, but it remains unanswered how nobody shared this incident to anyone outside. 

3. Another unsolved mystery is how the teenaged children were convinced by the family to take their own lives. Investigating officers said that there were no signs of struggle and it’s hard to believe that 11 people readily agreed to take their lives and even allowed their family to die in front of them.

The autopsy report will play a crucial role in the investigation as police haven’t ruled out the possibility of the use of poison that may have been taken by the victims 

4. With a murder case being registered over the suspicion of Narayani Devi’s death due to strangulation, it is yet to be found who among the family members killed her before taking his or her life. 

5. As the notes in the diary suggest, if the family members were seeking mass salvation, why did they fix Priyanka’s wedding and even celebrated her engagement? 

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When you live in the most powerful country in the world, the stakes for not knowing every bit about it become low.

The reason is simple. If you’re a country like France or Italy desperately trying to attract business and investment, you have to be able to know what your country is best at to make your pitch at a moment’s notice.

The U.S. faces no such pressure.

But on the off chance you’ve taken this privilege and run with it, we’ve put together nine basic facts about the American economy that you may not know, but really probably should.

The 9 Basics secret Of American Commerce Reveled…

1) The largest destination for U.S. goods exports is Canada.

The second largest is Mexico. China is third.

2) We import the most stuff from China.

Maybe you did know that. But Canada is second.

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3) Canada is our largest overall trading partner.

We’re just really lucky to have them (and of course vice-versa).

us trade



4) America also gets the greatest percentage of its crude oil from Canada.

Again, they are indispensable. We only get about a third from OPEC members.

oil imports by country



5) Our most expensive import is crude, far and away.

We spent close to $300 billion on barrels of crude. The runner-up includes other household gadgets and other industrial machinery. Returned and reimported items (No. 7) are goods that might be defective, or ones on which the importer defaulted or cancelled.

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6) America’s most valuable export in real dollars is…oil products.

America’s refining sector is still going strong.

us exports



7) America’s greatest comparative advantage is in airplanes, materials, and food.

The above chart doesn’t mean that much, since we actually have a net deficit in most of those categories. Here’s where we really excel – where the world relies on us more than we rely on it. All the definitions are here »

exports imports balance



8) America is a service economy.

Here’s our balance of services. We are tops in “other private services” which is practically anything you can think of: finance, insurance, telecom, education, etc. We have a billion-dollar surplus in services against the rest of the world.

bea services



9) America’s second-largest exported “service” is basically patents.

The U.S. Trade Office calls it licensing and royalties.

us services