Tunisha Sharma suicide: Actor Sheezan Khan arrested, last rites on Dec 27 | All we know so far

The post-mortem report stated that Tunisha was not pregnant at the time of her death and no injuries were found on her body.

Tunisha Sharma died due to lack of oxygen ie asphyxiation on Saturday. (Instagram: Tunisha Sharma)

By India Today Web Desk: 20-year-old actress Tunisha Sharma breathed her last on Saturday on the sets of her television series ‘Ali Baba: Dastaan-E-Kabul‘. Tunisha reportedly hanged herself in the makeup room of her co-actor and rumored boyfriend Sheezan Mohammed Khan. A post mortem report, prepared by a Mumbai hospital on Sunday, revealed that the actress died by asphyxiation ie lack of oxygen in the body.

The report stated that Tunisha was not pregnant at the time of her death and no injuries were found on her body.

As per Tunisha Sharma’s uncle, “Her last rites will be performed on December 27 after Tunisha’s aunt arrives from England.”

Notably, upon receiving the complaint from Tunisha’s mother, Mumbai Police nabbed the co-actor Sheezan Mohammed Khan over charges of abetment to suicide (Section 306) of the Indian Penal Code. He is currently in police custody until December 28. This came after Tunisha’s mother alleged that Zeeshan mentally harassed her daughter and should be held responsible for her daughter’s death.

WHO WAS TUNISHA SHARMA?

Tunisha Sharma has previously appeared as a child actor and shared screens with Hindi cinema actors, namely, Katrina Kaif in Baar Baar Dekho, Vidya Balan in Kahaani 2. Tunisha made her debut with Fitoor, where she portrayed the younger Katrina Kaif and did the same in Baar Baar Dekho. She was a popular face on TV and had been part of shows like Internet Wala Love, Ishq Subhallah, Gayab, and Sher-E-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

MOMENTS BEFORE TUNISHA’S BODY WAS FOUND

Speculations are rife that Tunisha and her rumored boyfriend broke up on the sets on Saturday. Enraged by the decision, the actress took the drastic step. It has been said that people looked for her for a long time on the sets at Kaman Studio after she left the site on the pretext of going to the washroom. However, she did not return for a long duration.

Upon breaking the lock on the door, Tunisha Sharma was found inside. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead, as per police officials.

It may be noted that Tunisha Sharma had posted a social media update just a few hours before ending her life, and it was about not stopping. “Those who are driven by their Passion Doesn’t stop (sic),” the post had read.

MUMBAI POLICE ON TUNISHA SHARMA’S DEATH

Initial reports suggested that Tunisha ended her life on the sets, in the make-up room at Naigaon. Shortly after Waliv Police reached the sets of the show for further investigation. Sources told IndiaToday.in that she was in her co-star, Sheezan Mohammed Khan’s make-up room when the incident happened.

DCP Chandrakant Jadhav spoke to the media and shared inputs on the case. So far, the police have questioned the cast and crew present on the sets. Tunisha’s death will be investigated from the angle of both murder and suicide, Waliv Police had said on Saturday.

As per the DCP, Tunisha’s mother blamed Ali Baba co-star Sheezan Khan in her statement and said that he should be charged with abetment of suicide. It is said that Sheezan and Tunisha were in a relationship.

PROBE ON FOR ‘MURDER-SUICIDE BOTH’

Police on Sunday arrested a 27-year-old co-actor of television on the charge of abetting her suicide in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, a Mumbai Police official told PTI.

The 21-year-old actress allegedly committed suicide on the set of a serial in the Vasai area here on Saturday, he said.

Based on a complaint filed by Sharma’s mother, the Waliv Police registered a case against the deceased’s co-actor, Sheezan M Khan, under Indian Penal Code Section 306 (abetment of suicide) and arrested him, the station house office of Valiv police station said .

On Saturday, Waliv Police said that they would investigate Tunisha’s death from the angle of both murder and suicide. No suicide note was recovered from the spot. The police have been questioning everyone who was present on the set at the time of Tunisha Sharma’s death.

Statements of 14 people have been recorded so far in connection with the actor Tunisha Sharma’s death, as per Waliv Police.

TUNISHA SHARMA’S FAMILY SAID…

The actress’s uncle said that Tunisha Sharma and her co-actor Sheezan had been close to each other since their show had started.

“About 10 days ago, Tunisha had an anxiety attack and was admitted to the hospital. When her mother and I went to meet her, she told us that she was wronged and cheated,” the uncle said. “We gauged something was wrong between them,” he added.

“We want the culprit, whoever it is, to be punished,” Tunisha Sharma’s uncle said.

FILM FRATERNITY DEMANDS SIT TO PROBE TUNISHA’S DEATH

Suresh Shyamlal Gupta, who heads the All India Cine Workers Association, demanded an SIT (special investigation team) to take up the investigation into Tunisha Sharma’s suicide case.

Suresh Gupta said that people were scared at the studio where Tunisha Sharma died by suicide. “Something wrong has definitely happened,” he said while adding that the government should ‘pay attention’ and SIT should be formulated.

“A lot will come out,” Gupta alleged. “Women are not safe on the set. The set is located deep inside the area,” he said.

WHO IS SHEEZAN?

On the sets of TV series Alibaba Dastane Kabul, the show’s lead actors Sheezan and Tunisha befriended each other. Sources said that Tunisha and Sheezan Khan got close during their serial’s shooting in Leh.

He hails from Meerut city and was reportedly raised by a single parent. Currently, Sheezan resides with his mother and brother in the Malad area of ​​Mumbai. He rose to fame as a lead actor after he portrayed the lead role in the serial ‘Ali Baba: Dastaan-E-Kabul‘, which first aired in August, 2022.

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