Mysterious death of television actress, family suspects foul play

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Guwahati, Jul 23 (UNI) The death of a television starlet in mysterious circumstances, followed by the discovery of her pregnancy during post-mortem, have exposed the underbelly of Assam's movie world, shocking the entire industry.

However, Dibrugarh police chief Anurag Agarwal said here today that the post-mortem report was ''inconclusive'' and added, ''The viscera has been sent to the Forensic Laboratory in Guwahati for further tests.'' Namrup Deputy Superintendent of Police S S Panesar said the film crew team, including its producer and director Krishnamoni Chutia, had been asked not to leave Dibrugarh without informing the police for the next 10 days.

Assamese actress Nilakshi Sarma was found battling for life at the Guest House of the Assam Petrochemicals Limited (APL), Namrup, on July 17. However, she was declared dead on arrival at the Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh.

Nilakhsi was in Namrup for a song shooting for the music album of singer-turned-producer Krishnamoni Chutia.

However, her family suspected foul play and lodged an FIR in the Dibrugarh police station on Monday. Later, police registered a case of unnatural death yesterday.

The post-mortem conducted at the Assam Medical College and Hospital now suggests that she was pregnant with a six-week-old foetus and may have been poisoned.

The actress's family accused Mr Chutia of neglect in taking her to the hospital, saying the ''delay'' led to her death.

Mr Chutia, however, denied the allegations, saying, ''There was no neglect in providing medical attention to the actress and everything which was possible was done.'' UNI MT DPM AB 1509

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