Model and actress Pratyusha Banerjee of popular TV serial 'Balika Vadhu' fame allegedly committed suicide at her Goregaon residence on Friday. Her body was discovered around 5pm, after which she was rushed to Kokilaben Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The police, who say that she hanged herself, are probing the reason why Banerjee took this extreme step. The post mortem will clarify the exact cause of death, the police further added.
Banerjee had updated her WhatsApp status with, "Mar ke bhi munh na tujhse modna (I dont want to be upset with you even after I die)" on March 15.
According to the police, she resided in a seventh-floor flat of Harmony Apartment at Link Road in Goregaon. Earlier, she used to stay with her boyfriend, Rahul Raj Singh, in Kandivali. On Friday afternoon, when Singh came to the Goregaon home, he found Banerjee's body hanging, he said.
The actress was then rushed to Kokilaben Hospital in Andheri and her body will be sent to Cooper Hospital for post mortem, the police said. "She was under some mental stress for the past few days. We are making inquiries with her friends and relatives," said a police officer.
A case of accidental death has been registered at Bangur Nagar police station. "We are probing the case further from all angles," said senior police inspector Santosh Bhandare.
Meanwhile several B-town and television celebrities took to Twitter when they learnt about this shocking news-