01/04/2016 10:42 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Balika Vadhu Actress Pratyusha Banerjee Commits Suicide

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MUMBAI, INDIA � JULY 23: Pratyusha Banerjee, who plays the new grown-up Anandi in the serial Ballika Vadhu, during a press conference in Mumbai on July 23, 2010. (Photo by Yogen Shah/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Actress Pratyusha Banerjee, best known for her role as Anandi in one of the most popular TV dramas Balika Vadhu, allegedly killed herself by hanging from the ceiling fan here in suburban Mumbai on Friday afternoon.

The actress was in a relationship with producer Rahul Raj Singh, who rushed her to the hospital according to news reports. The actress was living in with Singh in Oshiwara in Andheri.

It is being speculated that their relationship was troubled.

Banerjee, who was also a contestant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5, Power Couple and was one of the housemates on Bigg Boss 7 on Colors, was rushed to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Andheri around 6 pm.

Actor Ajaz Khan, Banerjee’s co-contestant and friend, told Zee News that he suspected foul play.

“The Pratyusha we knew could have never committed suicide. I saw her body, she had some marks on her face and her lips were dry. I think it is not a suicide,” Khan told the news channel.

Banerjee has worked in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (TV series) in 2014 and was last seen in Hum Hain Na as the main female lead.

A police team is carrying out a search operation at her residence for evidence and suicide note and is waiting for her parents to arrive in Mumbai for further questioning.

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