Pratyusha’s death due to “strangulation”, suggests autopsy

Ligature marks were detected on the neck of popular TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee, indicating death due to asphyxiation and hanging, according to a preliminary autopsy on Saturday evening.

A team of doctors conducted the post-mortem on her body for over three hours and the entire procedure has been videographed and photographed, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone XI, Vikram Deshmane told media persons.

The autopsy was performed by a team of doctors of Siddharth Hospital, and the preliminary cause of death is due to asphyxia, with the final report still awaited, he added.

The “Balika Vadhu” actress was found hanging from a fan in her suburban Goregaon residence on Friday evening by her boyfriend and television actor Rahul Raj Singh. She was taken to hospital but succumbed there later.

The Bangur Nagar Police has registered an accidental death case and was in the process of recording the statement of Rahul, Deshmane said.

The statements of her parents Shankar and Soma Banerjee, who arrived this morning from Jamshedpur, have also been recorded and further investigations are underway, he added.

Though officials declined to comment, a tattoo bearing the name ‘Rahul’ – purportedly referring to her boyfriend – was found on her upper back.