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India: 10 people found blindfolded, hanging from the roof

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New Delhi — Police in India’s capital said they found 11 bodies in a home under mysterious circumstances on Sunday, including 10 that were blindfolded and hanging.

The victims were all from the same family and most had lived in the home where they were found in Burari village in the northern part of New Delhi, said police officer Vineet Kumar.

Police are investigating whether the victims — four men, three women and four girls — died by suicide or were killed, Kumar said, adding that no suicide note was found.

Kumar said police began their investigation after they received a call Sunday morning that some “members of a family have committed suicide.”

No bullet marks, no sign of forced entry

There were no bullet marks on the bodies of the victims, and there was no sign of forced entry into the house, Kumar said. “We’re yet to reach any conclusion whatsoever,” he said.

Ten bodies, blindfolded by cotton and pieces of cloth, were found hanging from an iron grill used as a ventilator in the home’s courtyard, while the body of a 70-year-old woman was lying on the floor of the house, said a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with department policy.

The family was living in the house for more than two decades, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported. It said the house belongs to a businessman who ran a plywood shop and dairy.

The newspaper said that at around 08:00 Sunday, a neighbour with whom the businessman used to go for morning walks went to see him and found the door of the house open and the 10 people, including the businessman, hanging. He raised an alarm and people called the police.

Arjun Thukral, a relative of the family who lives in the same neighborhood, said he ran to the victims’ house as news of the deaths spread.

“I saw the bodies hanging, stools lying around, and my wife’s aunt sprawled on the floor by the bed. I couldn’t bear watching anymore,” he said.

Thukral questioned whether the family had died by suicide.

“No father can kill his own son. … How would a mother be able to kill her own children? I don’t think they committed suicide. These are murders,” he said.

A “tragic” incident

New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited the scene, called the incident “tragic”.

“Police are investigating. … Let’s wait for their investigation to be over,” he said. In a video posted on Twitter by Kejriwal’s ruling party, the neighbors are heard telling Kejriwal that the family was busy with wedding preparations.

A neighbor of the family said they couldn’t have died by suicide, New Delhi Television reported. The neighbor said he spoke to one of the victims Saturday night and found no sign of any stress, the report said.

Indian TV channels broadcast interviews with neighbors who said the family did not have any discord among themselves.

Police official Rajesh Khurana told reporters that all angles were being investigated. “We can’t rule out anything,” he said.

AP

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Grace summoned to traditional court over ‘improper’ Mugabe burial

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Grace Mugabe, the former first lady of Zimbabwe has been summoned to Chief Zvimba’s traditional court over the ‘inappropriate’ burial of her late husband, former president Robert Mugabe who is said to have been buried in a house at the Mugabe homestead in Zvimba.

One Tinos Manongovere who issued the summons wants Robert Mugabe exhumed and reburied “properly” as per the Zvimba people’s traditions and according to the wishes of Robert Mugabe’s late mother.

The summons, seen by IZIM, translated to English reads;

You are being summoned to appear before Chief Zvimba’s Court at Gonzo Guzha Hall, Murombedzi Growth Point on 20 May 2021 at 0930 over the following allegations.

You’re accused of committing a taboo by burying the deceased Robert Gabriel Mugabe in a house which is a violation of the culture of Zvimba people. You also let Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s clothes/properties scatter.

All of Rober Gabriel Mugabe’s clothes/properties must be gathered and stored properly at the deceased’s house following our culture as the Zvimba people.

I also want the deceased – Robert Mugabe- to be reburied according to the culture of the Zvimba people at a place chosen by his relatives and mother.

For the above-mentioned violations, you are, therefore, required to pay 5 beasts and one goat.

You are allowed to bring witnesses and evidence to the court.

If you fail to attend the hearing without permission from the court, the court will rule in favour of the applicant.

If you want clarity on the matter, approach the court on the date set for the hearing.

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Video : Army helicopter crashes near Ruwa killing four

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HARARE – Four people including a child have been killed when an Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopter went down in a residential area in Ruwa, 22km south-east of Harare on Friday.

All three people onboard and a child on the ground were killed in the helicopter crash.

A second child suffered serious burns after the Bell 412 helicopter, apparently out of control, crashed into a house before exploding into a ball of fire.

So intense was the blaze that witnesses said they “could not see even bones.” Military police arrived at the scene and began combing through the smouldering debris, looking for human remains.

No comment was immediately available from the military, but sources told IZIM that one of the dead pilots was a female flight lieutenant. Also killed was a wing commander and a technician, both male.

A witness who was among the first to arrive at the crash site said: “Anyone in the helicopter was burnt beyond even any remains. Unfortunately, despite being in a rural-type area and sparsely populated, it crashed straight into a house, killing one child and seriously burning another.”

Scene of the helicopter crash

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BREAKING : Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira dies in SA

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Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira who acted as Vimbai Jari in the soap has died.

She was 38 years old.

Her brother Juan Nhira confirmed the news.

“She sustained injuries on her chest area, rib cage and back during a robbery on Monday afternoon in Bedford view South Africa. She was only 38 years of age,” he said.

Juan said her funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. Rest in peace Anne.

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