Burari battles rumours, plunging property rates after 11 deaths in family

Local property dealers say the death of 11 people of a family in Burari are likely to deter buyers from purchasing flats and plots in Sant Nagar area.

A man peeps inside the house where 11 members of the Bhatia family allegedly committed suicide in north Delhi’s Burari on July 1, 2018.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Pawan Kumar Tyagi, a property dealer in north Delhi’s Burari,plans to hold a pooja in his flat soon. Reason why, he said he is ‘concerned’ because his apartment stands right behind the house in which 11 members of the Bhatia family were found dead on July 1. Police so far believe that the deaths were a result of an occult ritual gone wrong. According to Gyanendra Kumar, a realty dealer in Sant Nagar, residential flats with parking facility cost anywhere between Rs 3,000 and Rs 6,000 per square feet.

He said that the rates have seen an appreciation of 50-70% in the last decade. Ever since the mysterious deaths, the neighbourhood has been battling “rumours” and “fake news” being run on certain news channels. Local police officer even said that in last one week, residents have shooed away reporters of a news channel that brought a ‘baba’ for a show. A man has been slapped for trying to “create a scary environment” for his YouTube video and locals have indulged in multiple confrontations with journalists.

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