Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Bandra residence on Sunday afternoon. The 34-year-old filmstar used to stay in his sixth floor duplex flat in the Mount Blanc Apartments near the Joggers’ Park in Bandra. The police said that he was living with two cooks and a house help. A friend, who is also from the film industry, was staying with him temporarily.
According to the Bandra Police, the incident came to light at around 12.30 p.m. when his house help noticed that he had been in his bedroom for a long time.
“Rajput had excused himself after breakfast and gone to his bedroom. Around 12.30 p.m., his servant found that he had locked himself inside. The door was broken down and Rajput was found lifeless, after which his friend called the Police Control Room,” an officer with the Bandra Police said.
The information was relayed to the Bandra Police Station and a team was rushed to Rajput’s residence. The body was taken to the Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle for post mortem examination, while his family members in Patna were informed. Officers said that his sisters reached the city late in the day to complete the requisite formalities, as his father’s health took a turn for the worse after he heard the news.
The officer said that according to his call records, the last call that he made was to another friend in the film industry around midnight on Saturday, which was not answered.
“We have not found any suicide note and the motive behind his extreme step is still not clear. Investigations are underway with all possibilities in mind,” Mumbai Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner of Police Pranaya Ashok said. He added that no evidence to support the claim that Rajput had been undergoing treatment for depression had come to light so far.
The police have for the moment registered an Accidental Death Report in connection with the incident, and are probing the matter further. Statements will be recorded from Rajput’s family members after his last rites are completed and inquiries will also be made with his friends, officers said.
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