The Dirty Picture actor Arya Banerjee‘s death was not a case of “homicide”, her post-mortem report confirmed. The 33-year-old actor and model, whose real name was Debdatta Banerjee, was found dead at her south Kolkata residence on Friday.
Kolkata Police Joint Commissioner (crime) Murlidhar Sharma told IANS that Banerjee was suffering from liver cirrhosis. “It was not a case of homicide. Alcohol was found in her stomach at the time of her death,” he said, TOI reported. Police will also question a food delivery guy who visited her apartment before her death.
Banerjee, who lived alone with a pet dog in Kolkata’s Jodhpur Park, was the youngest daughter of late sitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. On Friday, her domestic help informed police after she did not respond to doorbells or phone calls in the morning. The police broke into her apartment on the third floor and found the dead body inside, with signs of nose bleeding and vomiting.
According to Kolkata Police sources, “The maid, Chandana Das, came to her place and tried to call her on both her numbers. One of her phones was switched off while the other went unanswered despite several attempts. After getting no response, the domestic help got suspicious as she did not respond to doorbells and phone calls. The maid then informed her neighbours about the incident who also tried calling Banerjee for some time and later informed the local police station. We are investigating the matter.”
Banerjee made her Bollywood debut with the 2010’s acclaimed movie Love Sex Aur Dhokha. She was seen as Shakeela in Vidya Balan’s superhit film The Dirty Picture in 2011. She had also appeared in one of the segments of Savdhaan India, a popular television series about real incidences of crime.
The probe is still on.
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