Ahmedabad | Jagran News Desk: In a horrifying incident, the police on Friday discovered the bodies of six people of a family, including four children in the age group of seven to 12, hanging from the ceiling of an unoccupied flat in Gujarat's Ahmedabad. 

Inspector DR Gohil of the Vatva GTDC police station told news agency PTI that bodies of the six people were of two brothers -- Amrish Patel (42) and Gaurang Patel (40) -- and their four children.  

The police suspect that the two brothers lived in different localities of Ahmedabad while adding that they might have given food laced with sedatives to the children and killed them before hanging themselves from the ceiling.

"On June 17, they left their homes with the children, after informing their wives that they were going for an outing," he told PTI.

"When they failed to return till Thursday night, their wives went to the unoccupied flat. However, they found it locked from inside, following which they approached the police around midnight," he added.

In another statement, the police said that the bodies of Amrish and Gaurang were found in the drawing room while the bodies two 12-year-old boys -- Mayur and Dhruv -- were found in the bedroom.

The bodies of the girls -- Kirti (9) and Sanvi (7) -- were found in the kitchen, the police said while adding that all of the bodies were found hanging from the ceiling of the apartment. 

The police said that they have launched an investigation into the matter, adding that the bodies of the six people have been sent for the post-mortem. However, no suicide note has been found from the area.

This horrifying incident in Gujarat's Ahmedabad has brought back the memories of the Burari deaths when bodies of 11 members of a family were found dead in mysterious circumstances. The police had discovered the bodies ten people hanging while the oldest family member, the grandmother, was found strangled.

The mass suicide happened on July 1, 2018 in north Delhi's Burari locality had shocked the entire country. According to news agency PTI, the psychological autopsy reported the absence of intention to commit suicide.   

According to the psychological autopsy report of the deceased, the family members did not wish to commit suicide but the deaths happened due to an "accident that occurred during a ritual".

The police, as reported by PTI, said that the family believed that they had visitations from their dead father and that this ritual was being carried out at the father's behest.

"Under religious and spiritual influences, a lot of lifestyle decisions get affected, especially in cultures like ours. Some of these changes are extreme, leading to self harming or harming others," Nimesh Desai, director of Delhi's Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), told PTI.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma