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    India mystery over Delhi's 'house of mass hangings'

    The funerals of 11 members of an extended family - 10 of whom were found hanging from the ceiling of their home in the Indian capital Delhi - will take place on Monday night following post-mortem examinations, police say.
    Investigators have said the case could be one of "mass suicide linked to spiritual and mystical practices" based on some notes they found inside the house on Sunday morning. However, they have not yet ruled out murder.
    These are the details so far about the case, which has gripped the country:
    What do we know about the family?

    The 11 dead are members of the Bhatia family. They include 75-year-old Narayan Devi, her daughter, two sons, their wives, and five grandchildren aged between 33 and 15.
    All of them - apart from Narayan Devi who was lying on the floor - were found hanging from the ceiling of their home.
    Their hands were tied behind their backs, and their eyes and mouths were covered with cloth.
    The family lived in a three-storey house in Burari, a largely middle-class area of North Delhi. Though originally from the neighbouring state of Rajasthan, they had lived there for more than 20 years.
    They operated two shops on the ground floor of their home - one sold groceries and the other sold plywood.


     

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    Neighbours say the family were active members of the community and describe them as "religious, happy and financially comfortable".
    The oldest grandchild, Priyanka, who was 33, was among the dead. She had got engaged two weeks ago and the family had thrown a large party to celebrate, inviting many people in the area.
    "They never had any problems with anyone. We never saw them fighting," one of their neighbours, TP Sharma, told BBC Hindi.
    A relative said that the family's eyes had been donated to an eye bank as "they always wanted to help others".
    Was it murder or suicide?

    We don't know yet.
    The circumstances surrounding the death are all very mysterious.
    The bodies were found by a neighbour, Gurcharan Singh, who was sent by his wife to check why the general store had not opened at its usual time.
    Mr Singh was quoted by the Indian Express newspaper as saying that they had also thought it odd that the family had not switched on their water motor at 04:30 which they did every day.
    "When I entered, all the doors were open and they were hanging from the ceiling. Their hands were tied. I was shocked when I saw so many bodies, so I rushed home and told my wife," he told BBC Hindi. The police say they were informed soon after and rushed a team to the spot.

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