Rajasthan: 11 members of Pakistani Hindu migrant family found dead in Jodhpur; probe underway
Eleven members of a family of Pakistani Hindu migrants were found dead at a farm in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district on Sunday morning, police said.
A member of the family, however, was found alive outside the hut they lived at Lodta village of the Dechu area, over 100 km away from Jodhpur city, an officer said. “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. They appeared to have committed suicide by consuming some chemicals in the night,” Barhat said. He said there was a smell of some chemical in the hut, suggesting they consumed something.
The family belonging to the Bhil community came to India from Pakistan’s Sindh province in 2015 on a long-term visa. They had been living at the Lodta village farm, which they had hired for farming, for the past six months.
“There was neither any injury mark on any of the bodies nor any pieces of evidence of any foul play,” the SP said. “But we have roped in a forensic team and a dog squad before arriving at any conclusion,” he said.
A preliminary investigation indicated that there was some dispute in the family over some issue.
“Once we interrogate the survivor, we would be in a position to find out what had led to this incident,” he said.
According to a police officer, the victims lived under threat from the family of their daughter-in-law, the wife of Kewal Ram (35), the surviving member of the victim family.