Eleven Family Members From Pakistan Found Dead in Rajasthan

  • "There is a smell of some chemical around in the hut and it appears that they consumed it to commit suicide."
  • Police were informed of the incident after the bodies of all of them were found in a field on Sunday.
  • They all belong to the Bhil tribal community.

The bodies of eleven members of a displaced family from Pakistan have been found in a mortuary at Dechu police station in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district. Only one member of this family has survived. Police have launched an investigation into the incident. Pesticides have been found at the scene.

Rajasthan is a state in northern India. It is the largest Indian state by area and the seventh largest by population. Its capital and largest city is Jaipur.

“There is a smell of some chemical around in the hut and it appears that they consumed it to commit suicide.” Jodhpur Rural Superintendent of Police Rahul Barhat told the reporters that a forensic expert had reached the spot. At first glance, the police believe that there must be a family dispute behind this incident.

Police were informed of the incident after the bodies of all of them were found in a field on Sunday. They all belong to the Bhil tribal community. One came to India from Sindh province of Pakistan eight years ago. He had not returned since.

“But he claimed to have no idea about the incident, which believed to have happened in the night,” said Superintendent of Police (Rural) Rahul Barhat. “We are yet to ascertain the cause and means of death. But apparently, all the members appeared to have committed suicide by consuming some chemical in the night,” Barhat said.

It is said that the family farmed on rent. Only 37-year-old Grihastha of the family survived the incident. Police are investigating. Along with Kevalram’s parents, a brother and three sisters were also killed in the incident, as well as Kevalram’s daughter and two sons. Among the dead was 75-year-old Budharam, the head of the family.

“But still, we have roped in the FSL team and a dog squad to make sure that there was no foul play and it was a suicide. Interestingly, one of the members of the family, who claimed to have slept outside the hut, was found alive but with no clues as to what exactly happened inside the night.”

Bhils or Bheels are an Indo-Aryan speaking ethnic group in West India. Bhils are listed as indigenous people of the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan—all in the western Deccan regions and central India—as well as in Tripura in far-eastern India, on the border with Bangladesh.

“Once we interrogate him, we would be in a position to find out that what had led to this the incident,” Barhat said adding that “in the preliminary interrogation, he claimed that since he had been sleeping outside, he had no idea and learned about the incident only in the morning.”

He had built a house in a field in Lodta Achalavata village in Jodhpur district. Preliminary information is that Kevalram survived as he had gone to sleep away from the spot.

For this, the help of forensic experts is being sought. Hindu Singh Sodha, president of the Border People’s Organization, which works for Hindus who have come to India from Pakistan, said that these people were applying for citizenship.

Sodha says, “this is a very sad event. Thousands of Hindu minorities from Pakistan are drowning in grief. At the moment, at least 20,000 people are trying to get Indian citizenship. Ten thousand of them have met the requirements for citizenship.”

The incident took place while Tribal Day was being celebrated today. The Bhil community in Pakistan is classified as Scheduled Castes.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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