TV actor Pratyusha Banerjee was found hanging at her home by her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh on Friday. But her friends and colleagues are now suggesting foul play.
Her former Bigg Boss co-contestant Ajaz Khan was the first to allege foul play when he told ANI, “I don’t think its suicide. I think its planned murder.”
I don't think its suicide.I think its planned murder- Ajaz Khan (Co-actor of Pratyusha Banerjee who was found dead) pic.twitter.com/MIaHJiB5GA— ANI (@ANI_news) April 1, 2016
Pratyusha’s boyfriend took her to the Kokilaben Hospital where she was declared dead at around 7:15 pm. Her parents arrived from Jamshedpur upon hearing the news.
Though the reason for this drastic step is not yet known, there are rumours that the 24-year-old was suffering from heartache over a failed love affair with Rahul, who recently participated with her in the reality show Power Couple.
Also, ANI reports suggest that the police are also suspecting some foul play in this tragic incident as Pratyusha’s body apparently had a faint rope mark on her neck. Her left cheek was bruised and she had blood coming from her mouth.
Dolly Bindra, another former Bigg Boss contestant said, “She was strong and cannot commit suicide.”
She was strong and cannot commit suicide- Actress Dolly Bindra on Pratyusha Banerjee pic.twitter.com/M3wIEfykkK— ANI (@ANI_news) April 1, 2016
Bindra later posted this on Facebook:
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 police will be relying on the autopsy to ascertain the cause of death and only then will they be in a position to comment if any foul play is suspected.
Another former Bigg Boss contestant Vivek Mishra hinted further at a consipiracy when he told HT, “It is very strange and shocking that she committed suicide. She was not the kind of a person who’d do that. She hailed from a small town and always ensured she had the way out of all kinds of troubles. When I saw her last, she was bloated up and she told me that she had started drinking heavily. The problem was her relationship with Rahul. It was strange that Rahul (Pratyusha’s boyfriend) discovered her, took her body to the hospital and simply vanished.”
Mishra raises further questions about Rahul’s reputation in the industry: “Noone in the industry approved of Rahul, not even her parents because all of us knew about him. He is known to reach the sets (of TV show Maata Ki Chauki) drunk and is often unable to deliver dialogues properly. Pratyusha would take care of his bills and pay his installments. She was also facing financial problems due to that.”