Mumbai | Police yesterday launched a probe into the case of alleged suicide of TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee and questioned her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh even as some friends claimed things were not going well in her personal life, a contention dismissed by her kin.
The 24-year-old, who shot to fame for her portrayal of Anandi, a popular character in hit TV drama series Balika Vadhu, was found hanging from the ceiling at her flat here last evening in what appeared to be a case of suicide.
As per preliminary report of doctors, provisional cause of death was asphyxia, a police officer said. Her viscera has been sent to a lab for chemical analysis, and its report only would conclusively decide the cause of death.
Meanwhile, her last rites were performed at Oshiwara crematorium around 6 pm yesterday as the TV industry, friends and family members bid an emotional adieu to her. Several television personalities like Kamya Punjabi, Smita Bansal, Rohit Verma, Rakhi Sawant, Ejaz Khan, Ratan Rajput, Sara Khan, Pooja Bose, Shilpa Saklani, Apoorva Agnihotri, Jay Bhanusali, Mahi Vij and others attended the funeral.
Pratyusha’s mother was inconsolable and kept saying, I don’t know why my daughter did this. According to reports, she was facing problems in her relationship with Singh, who is being questioned by police to unravel the mystery behind her death. S
he had been reportedly dating Singh, a TV producer. An accident death case was reported at Bangurnagar Police Station in suburban Goregaon last night. We are recording the statement of Rahul in connection with the suicide.
We are also checking the last phone call details and the SMSes exchanged between the duo, a senior police official said. Although Singh was not detained, he was brought to Siddharth Municipal Hospital in suburban Goregaon where the autopsy of the actress was conducted, police said. A senior police official said Pratyusha’s parents didn’t level any allegations against Singh in their statement.