Mumbai: Strangulation 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.
The “Balika Vadhu” actress was found hanging from a fan in her residence on Friday evening and died in hospital later.
A team of doctors conducted the post-mortem for over three hours and the entire procedure has been videographed. The viscera samples have been sent for forensic analysis even as the final autopsy report is expected later.
Though officials declined to comment, a tattoo bearing the name ‘Rahul’ – purportedly referring to her boyfriend, Rahul Raj Singh – was found on her upper back. However, Police have taken Banerjee’s boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh for interrogation on Saturday.
Following her post mortem, Pratyusha’s close friends from the industry including Ejaz Khan, Kamya Punjabi, Rakhi Sawant, Rartan Rajput among others attended the last rites at the Oshiwara crematorium here.
The Colours TV serial ‘Balika Vadhu’ brought fame to Pratyusha Banerjee. She allegedly committed suicide on April 1 by hanging herself. The entire TV fraternity has been left shocked by her suicide yesterday. 

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