The bodies of 10 individuals were discovered in a temple in Belle-Rive on Friday afternoon. 4 among them were dead. According to one of the people present there, they were all praying and singing when dizziness overtook them. The events that followed are unknown. The police is currently working on the case.
Members of the FSL & SOCO at Belle-Rive
The others were taken to the Flacq Hospital, including the guru Devanand Mannick. The latter signed a “discharge against medical advice” form on Saturday, 13th of June, to attend to the funeral of his wife at Curepipe. He has already been interrogated by police officers concerning the circumstances of the incident. He has allegedly told the police that the people present at the temple were praying and chanting when they were overtaken by dizziness. He claims that what happened afterwards remains a mystery to him.
Dr Sudesh Kumar Gungadin, chief of medicolegal service of the police, and Vidhu Madhub-Dassyne, from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), have been trying to make out the true events that led to the deaths of the 4 individuals. The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of Flacq and Quartier-Militaire are working together to find any evidence linked to the case.
A team of the FSL and the Scene of Crime Office (SOCO) were deployed to examine the area of the temple. Another team was assigned to the morgue of the Candos hospital, and a third one was at the FSL to carry out the relevant tests.
The investigators had initially thought it might have been a case of collective suicide. They might have ingested cyanide to cause their deaths, as it had once happened at St-Paul.