India’s entertainment industry took a blow Friday following the death of 24-year old Pratyusha Banerjee, who was found hanging inside her room in her apartment in Mumbai.
USA Today reported that Banerjee was found hanging in her room’s ceiling and from the reports from Indian news outlet The Indian Express stated that police have registered the incident as “accidental death report.”
India Today writes that the actress was found by her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh and rushed her to Kokilaben Hospital where the victim was pronounced dead on arrival. Authorities conducted an autopsy after notifying her parents, who flew in from the province of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, and found no foul play as suffocation was the cause of death.
However, investigators are not totally ruling out the foul play category as the report also mention asphyxia as ligature marks were found on the victim’s neck.
Family, friends and people close to the actress are still puzzled as to the reason why Banerjee committed suicide as the actress left no suicide note. But experts believed that pressure from work could have triggered the victim to commit suicide.
Banerjee signed as lead role in 2010 Indian television series “Balika Vadhu” as an adult “Anandi,” replacing Avika Gor. According to the actress, she was chosen via a talent hunt, surpassing contestants Nivedita Tiwari from Lucknow and Ketaki Chitale from Mumbai.
Following the success of the show, Banerjee participated in “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” (season 5). According to the actress, she was not comfortable during the dance rehearsals and left the show due to it. She had further participated in the seventh season of the show “Bigg Boss.” She had also appeared in the reality show “Power Couple” along with her partner Rahul Raj Singh. Banerjee had also done roles in “Hum Hain Na,” “Sasural Simar Ka” and “Gulmohar Grand.”
Her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh has been detained for questioning by authorities in relation to the said incident, though he has explained his side of the story.
“We used to stay in a two bedroom flat. We had two keys of which was with Pratyusha and another with me. When I entered the bedroom, I found Pratyusha hanging from the ceiling. I got very scared. Immediately, I called up the neighbors and with their help, I took her to Kokilaben hospital. We assumed that she was alive, but she was not. I got so scared that I did not inform the police. It was the hospital authorities who informed them. After the doctor’s declaration, I called Pratyusha’s family members and few of our closest friends,” Rahul said in a statement.
With her untimely death, fans and friends send their condolences to the family through Twitter. Hollywood Life reported that the victim’s body was taken to the crematorium the following day after the autopsy where her remains were cremated after an Indian ritual. Ironically, Pratyusha wore her supposed wedding dress as she was preparing to marry Rahul.
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