Telugu TV actress Sravani Kondapalli was found hanging at her home in Madhura Nagar, Hyderabad on Tuesday, September 8th. Her family members discovered her body and have alleged that her ‘boyfriend’, Devraj Reddy, is the reason behind her demise.

Preliminary reports suggest that the actress was found hanging from the ceiling of her washroom. She had retired to her room after a conversation with her mother. Thereafter, Sravani locked herself in and didn’t step out for some hours. Later, her mother discovered  her hanging body when she peeped through the window, upon getting suspicious.  Consequently, the police moved her body to Osmania hospital for a post-mortem.

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The Alleged Reason

According to agency reports, an inspector who reviewed the incident noted that the police didn’t discover any suicide note on the spot. However, her family has alleged that Sravani died by suicide because of the harassment she suffered at the hands of a person called Devraj Reddy. He hails from Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. Reports suggest that she had a close relationship with Devraj over the past eight months. However, as per her family, she cut contact with him a few weeks back. Thereafter, they went on to comment that after starting to meet him again, Sravani had fallen into depression.

The police registered a case under section 306 (Abetment of suicide) of IPC, at SR Nagar police station, at the family’s behest. Police investigation regarding the matter is still on.

Telugu TV Industry Shocked

Sravani had been pivotal part of the Telugu TV industry for over eight years. She appeared in many popular TV shows like Mounaragam and Manasu Mamatha. Naturally, her untimely death has left her co-stars and fellow members of the industry deeply disturbed.

Actress Priyanka Jain, her co-star from Mounaragam, shared an emotional farewell post on Instagram. She posted an adorable picture wherein she is bonding over mehendi with the late Sravani. A heartfelt caption accompanied the picture.

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Entertainment Industry Under Scanner

2020 has witnessed a fair share of tragedies. Stark among these have been the deaths of multiple personalities from the entertainment industry – predominantly by alleged suicide. Some of the names include Bhojpuri star Anupama Pathak, TV actor Sameer Sharma, “Crime Patrol” actress Preksha Mehta, and, most notably, film star Sushant Singh Rajput.

Amidst these, the conversation around mental health of entertainment professionals has intensified immensely. Additionally, these instances have also put the spotlight on the Coronavirus pandemic’s negative impact on the entertainment industry.

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Tarini is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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