The postmortem of Balika Vadhu actress Pratyusha Banerjee, who was found dead in her Mumbai house yesterday, has been completed. The actress’ body was taken to the Oshiwara Crematorium directly from the hospital; she was cremated in the presence of friends and family.
A team of doctors conducted the post-mortem for over three hours and the entire procedure has been videographed. The viscera samples have been sent for forensic analysis even as the final autopsy report is expected later.
Though officials declined to comment, a tattoo bearing the name ‘Rahul’ – purportedly referring to her boyfriend, Rahul Raj Singh – was found on her upper back.
While the police suspect it to be a case of suicide, a senior police official has said that it is too early to say about the cause of the death.
Mumbai Police DCP Vikram Deshpande said, “The search is going on in the flat where apparently the prima facie suicide has taken place, EDR has been registered and we are doing investigation. It is too early to say the cause of the death.”
The report also mentions ‘asphyxia’ and says ligature marks were also seen around the neck.
Pratyusha Banerjee was found hanging from the ceiling of her Bangur Nagar house in Mumbai’s Kandivali area on April 1, Friday. Her body was discovered by her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh, who then rushed her to Kokilaben Hospital, where she was declared brought dead. No suicide note has been discovered as yet. Neighbours and friends who personally knew the actress are in disbelief and feel that she was too strong and happy a person to have committed suicide.
“We are all very shocked about this. Few days back only I met her and Rahul. They seemed absolutely fine, never thought anything of this kind. She seemed fine when I saw her,” said one of her neighbours.
Pratyusha’s sister Rishita has also said that it is unbelievable for her that the TV actress would have committed suicide. “I was in the tuition classes. When I came back, I saw everyone was crying at home. I cannot believe that my sister can commit suicide. She cannot do this,” she said.
Her last status message on Whatsapp read, “Marke bhi muh na tuzse modana” (even after death won’t be turning my face away from you) with a smiley.
Rahul, on the other hand, has been detained by police and is being interrogated at an undisclosed location.
“We used to stay in a 2 bedroom flat. We had two keys of which one key 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 neighbours 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 doctors’ declaration, I called up Pratyusha’s family members and few of our closed friends,” Rahul said in a statement, according to DNA.