Mumbai, May 19: Model-turned-actor Shikha Joshi was found dead at her Andheri West-based apartment on Saturday.
She was found lying in a pool of blood with a knife lodged inside her throat in her flat at MHADA's Rajyog Society where she lived with her roommate, investigation officer of Versova police station said.
"Shikha Joshi allegedly named well-known cosmetic surgeon Dr Vijay Sharma, among others, who she claimed had been troubling her," said a friend in her statement to the police on Sunday as per an Indian Express report.
Shikha's words were recorded by the room mate and the police has meanwhile said that authenticity of the audio recording is yet to be verified.
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Prima facie, police suspect it to be a case of suicide, however, no suicide note has been recovered from the site.
"No suicide note has been recovered so far but primarily it seems to be a case of suicide," the officer said. Police said when the actress' roommate reached the flat and knocked the door, Joshi, who was inside the flat, asked her to wait and said she will open the door in couple of minutes.
But even after a while when Joshi did not open the door, her roommate opened it with her keys and found the actress dead with a sharp knife stabbed into her throat.
Actress' roommate then rushed her to nearby Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, where she was declared brought dead.
"Police team was alerted by neighbours in night after which we took the body and sent it for post-mortem. From preliminary investigation, we have learnt that she was under depression," the officer said. Actress' 19-year-old daughter, who lives in Delhi, has been informed about the incident.
Joshi had raked up a controversy in 2011 when she alleged molestation by a doctor, who had done her breast implant surgery.
Joshi had got breast implant surgery done by the accused doctor in 2006 but after five years, she found a lump in her breast and visited the doctor again, the officer said. "She had accused the doctor of molesting her by touching her inappropriately," he added.
In 2013, Joshi, who had acted in a Bollywood film called 'BA Pass', was arrested for throwing stones at the doctor's house.
(With inputs from agencies)