The police on Saturday launched a probe into the 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 autopsy examination that was carried out on the body of Pratyusha, has indicated suspected pregnancy, even as there is evidence of ligature marks around her neck point towards hanging.
The 25-year-old actress was found hanging on Friday evening in her house at Goregaon on Link Road, and her body was first taken to Kokilaben Hospital where she was declared dead before admission. The body was later shifted to the Siddharth Post Mortem Centre, Goregaon where a two-member team carried out the autopsy that lasted for about two and half hours today.
Medical sources revealed that the provisional cause of death was given as `evidence of ligature marks around the neck in a case of hanging. However, final opinion reserved pending examination of viscera samples and histopathology report.’ There is a clear mark of hanging that goes all the way around the neck, and this indicates that the actress has probably died of hanging from the ceiling fan, sources said. Apart from this, there is no mark of injury on the body to indicate that there was any kind of assault on struggle before she died, a forensic expert said.
However, the most stunning discovery made during the autopsy examination was that the doctors have found early stages of suspected pregnancy, which is known as `products of conception.’ “But we have to confirm this and hence we have sent these products of conception to JJ Hospital for histo-pathological examination,” he explained. The examination will also help to known the stage of pregnancy, though the initial examination shows that this could be of six to eight weeks, he added.
Sources said that the actress also had a tattoo mark on back of her neck, and which had `Rahul’ written on it. “It is also a fact that she had applied sindoor on her forehead when her body was found in her rented apartment at Goregaon,” sources said. The actress was earlier staying with her parents at Malad, but had recently moved into another rented house at Goregaon with her boyfriend, Rahul Raj Singh, the police said. The actress had moved to Mumbai about five years ago and had shot to fame with the TV serial `Balika Vadhu’ and some other programs.
“Pratyusha had been unhappy with her relationship with Rahul since last few weeks and they used to have frequent fights,” said her mother Soma Banerjee in a police statement. The mother said that her daughter and Rahul had even appeared as a `power couple’ in a TV show and they had decided to get married after some time. But the strain in their relationship had affected the victim and she had called up her mother many times to tell her about this situation.”We had been telling her to come back to our hometown at Jamshedpur, but she said she wanted to stay in Mumbai and look for roles in serials,” she said.
There were angry scenes at the post mortem centre in the evening when relatives of the victims accused the police of shielding the boyfriend. “We are sure that he is responsible for her death and we want that action must be taken against him,” they said. The police staff from Bangur Nagar police station had to intervene and cool off the agitated family members.
Meanwhile, the doctors have decided to visit the scene of crime tomorrow morning and get a first hand of the place where the incident has taken place. “This will help us to arrive at a final conclusion on what led to the death and if there is any foul play in the matter,” a senior doctor said.