Pratyusha Banerjee death: Medicines, alcohol found during house search

  • Farhan Shaikh & Manish K Pathak, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2016 15:34 IST
TV actor Pratyusha Banerjee committed suicide on Friday.

The Mumbai Police searched TV actor Pratyusha Banerjee’s house on Sunday and have said they have found medicines, alcohol and cigarette stubs. Pratyusha Banerjee’s body was found on Friday at the apartment. The police said Rahul had reprimanded Banerjee for drinking in the afternoon hours before she committed suicide.

A team of six police officials including a woman sub-inspector arrived at the 7th floor flat at Harmony Apartment to collect evidence as the police continue their investigations into the suicide case of the 24-year-old actress. Sources said the police found alcohol in plenty and various medicines in the cabinet. Clothes were lying around the room when the room was unlocked.

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“We have seized the alcohol and medicines collected from the house. Since there are a lot of medicines of different types, we will consult a doctor to determine its nature,” said an officer from the Bangur Nagar police station.

After consulting the doctors, it will be clear for what all aliments the medicines are used and why Banerjee was taking them. The exact cause behind the suicide is not yet clear in the absence of a suicide note. The medicines will help the investigating team to ascertain whether Banerjee, well known for her role as Anandi on Balika Vadhu, was diagnosed for depression.

A police team again visited Banerjee’s place for a second search. The search which started at around 12.15 pm was completed at 1.50 pm. Sources said they did not find anything to point them in a direction to answer the questions surrounding Banerjee’s death.

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Apart from the evidence, the police are relying on the statement of an eye-witnesses, Sunil Mukhya, 22. Mukhya, who is the first person to have entered the locked apartment from the neighbouring flat, has proved to be a key witness in the incident.

Mukhya works as a cook at one Mudip Nair’s house had first spotted a distressed Rahul outside his flat accompanied by a key maker.

In his detailed statement to the police, Mukhya said he asked Rahul if there was a problem to which he replied that Banerjee was not answering the door.

Mukhya suggested that he can manage to enter the house from Nair’s balcony. When Rahul consented to the idea and asked the cook to do so, Mukhya climbed over the balcony railing and made his way through the duct into Rahul and Banerjee’s house.

Mukhya told the police that he opened the sliding doors and upon reaching the hall saw Banerjee hanging from the ceiling fan. After opening the door, he assisted Rahul to bring down Banerjee and then helped him to rush her to the hospital.

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