Eleven members of a Pakistani Hindu migrant family were found dead on a farm in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district on Sunday morning, police said.
A family member, however, was found living outside the hut they lived in in the village of Lodta, in the Dechu region, an officer said.
“But he said he had no idea of the incident, which allegedly took place overnight,” (rural) police commissioner Rahul Barhat said.
“We have not yet determined the cause and means of death. But apparently all members appear to have committed suicide by consuming chemicals overnight,” said Rahul Barhat.
He said there was a chemical smell in the hut, suggesting that they had consumed something.
All of the family members were Hindu migrants from Pakistan from the Bhil community and lived on the village farm, which they had rented for farming.
“There was no injury mark on any of the bodies or any evidence of foul play,” the SP said. “But we integrated the forensic team and a team of dogs to come to a final conclusion.”
Preliminary information indicated that there was a dispute in the family over an issue.
“Once we interviewed the survivor, we would be able to find out what led to this incident,” he said.