Burari residents want temple in place of ‘house of dead’

New Delhi: Locals next to Burari house are suggesting to build a temple by replacing the Burari house in which 11 members were found dead on Sunday under mysterious circumstances.

While the sudden deaths of the mysterious family members left the locals scared, few residents of the area seem to be affected due to the heavy presence of Police personnel, HT reported.

The neighborhood has become a curious spot for passer-by who stops by the house to discuss and click pictures.

The Burari family’s sudden mysterious death on Sunday left everyone including the Police authorities perplexed about the cause of deaths.

Seven women and two children on Sunday were found dead hanging from the ceiling of the house while the eldest woman of the family aged 77-years-old Narayan Devi was found dead lying on the floor.

The bodies hanging from the ceiling had their ears plugged with cotton, limbs tied, eyes blindfolded along with multiple notes present on the ground.

The notes indicated a religious ritual that went wrong leaving the family dead. The ritual was guided by Narayan’s son Lalit Bhatia.

The Police is yet to go through the phone records of the family members.
The police also denied reports of Lalit watching some ghost shows which led him to practice the ritual.

“We are yet to unlock the phones of Lalit and Teena,” said a senior officer, adding that the no outsider is behind the mass murder.

“Neither would the building be occupied by a relative nor would it find buyers,” said Ramesh Tyagi, a resident, suggesting rebuilding the house into a temple.

However, Ketan Nagpal, nephew of Lalit Bhatia, has different plans.
“We will sit together a few days later and discuss. The police haven’t told us about the handover date yet,” said Nagpal.

The Burari family’s relatives have returned back to their hometown in Rajasthan after two days of cremation of the deceased.

“We will hold a memorial service at our native place,” said Nagpal, adding they would again visit the house to perform the ‘havan’ for the deceased.

The house has been sealed by the authorities and it is highly unlikely that anyone would want to move into the house with all the superstitions of the dead.

Tenants in the area are planning to relocate after the sudden deaths.

A property dealer NK Agarwal, said: “If there is a buyer, it will most likely be a local resident. But everyone in Burari knows the house. I don’t think the house will find a buyer for at least the next four-five years,” said Agarwal.

A local resident who owns a shop in the area said two students living on rent had left the same day the deaths had occurred.

“That resulted in fear. We were afraid after the deaths. But the landlord convinced the tenants to return. Residents now feel assured after police clarified no supernatural activities actually took place,” said Prithpal.

While other residents are still living in fear. Another resident and a family friend to Bhatias, Navneet Batra told a news channel that his 21-year-old daughter who is otherwise a brave woman is now scared to switch off the lights.

“She wants the lights to be switched on at all times and is afraid to lock the washroom door from inside,” said Batra, adding that his wife said the “faces of the dead continue to stare at us”.