Jodhpur, August 10
Autopsies on the 11 Pakistani Hindu migrants discovered lifeless at a farm 100 km from right here indicated the consumption of a toxic substance, police mentioned on Monday, pointing at the opportunity of a mass suicide.
Police are interrogating some individuals detained by them, together with the estranged spouse of the lone survivor within the household.
A observe discovered on the spot alleged threats from the kin of the wives of two family members and harassment by police.
A police official mentioned the autopsy examination had proven the presence of a toxic substance within the our bodies of the members of the family, discovered lifeless at their shack in Lodta village in Dechu tehsil on Sunday morning.
But the character of the poison is but to be decided and police are awaiting a report from the forensic science laboratory, the official mentioned.
The victims, 5 of them kids, have been cremated after the autopsy.
Kewal Ram, 35, informed police that he spent the evening within the fields, the place he had gone to protect the crops, and got here dwelling within the morning to search out everybody lifeless.
Based on his criticism, police detained his spouse and another individuals for interrogation.
A preliminary investigation indicated a dispute between the victims and the households of the wives of two brothers Kewal Ram and Ravi.
“We came to India to save our honour but the same honour is under threat here as well,” the observe discovered on the shack mentioned.
The household got here from Pakistan’s Sindh in 2015 on a long-term visa. For the previous six months, the members of the family have been residing on the farm which they’d employed for cultivation.
Police had discovered chemical compounds and injection vials on the shack, resulting in suspicion that some toxic substance could have been administered to household.
Two of the victims, Laxmi and Priya, are mentioned to be nurses, in keeping with police. Their signatures seem on the observe.
The survivor informed police that after dinner with the household he went as much as the fence of the farm to maintain watch in opposition to animals and fell asleep there.
Police mentioned all of the our bodies have been discovered contained in the shack whereas the beds the place the members of the family meant to sleep have been laid outdoors, the standard follow as a result of sizzling and humid climate.
Other migrants gathered on the hospital the place the put up mortems have been being carried out. They demanded a high-level inquiry.
Hindu Singh Sodha who heads a migrants’ organisation, Seemant Lok Sanghthan, mentioned a high-level inquiry was wanted even when it was case of suicide.
He mentioned the native police couldn’t be trusted with the case as they’re talked about within the observe, which alleged harassment of the household by them.
The victims included Budharam Bhil (75), his spouse Antara Devi, their son Ravi (31) and daughters Jiya (25) and Suman (22). Another 40-year-old girl and 5 kids have been additionally among the many lifeless. — PTI