The sudden death of legendary actress Sridevi has sent shockwave among the film fraternity and her fans. As against reported earlier that she died of cardiac arrest, a dramatic twist came after a Dubai Police forensic report stated that 54-year-old Sridevi died due to “accidental drowning” in the bathtub of her hotel room before her dinner date with husband and film producer Boney Kapoor. However, it is still not clear what caused the actor to lose consciousness.
Adding another twist to the mystery, some reports have claimed the mention in the forensic report of traces of alcohol in her blood.
As per a post on the official Dubai Media Office Twitter handle, Dubai Police has transferred the case to Dubai Public Prosecution, which will carry out regular legal procedures that are followed in such cases.
Even as the circumstances surrounding Sridevi’s death are still shrouded in mystery, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has made a sensational claim and said the veteran actress was murdered. He pointed a finger at the underworld terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, saying we should take serious cognizance of the “illicit relations between cinema actresses and Dawood”.
He told ANI: “Let’s wait for prosecution to pronounce it. Facts in media doesn’t appear to be consistent. She never drank hard liquor, how did it enter her system? What happened to CCTV? Doctors suddenly appeared before media and said she died of heart failure. (sic)”
“It is very difficult to die and drown in a bathtub unless somebody pushed you or prevent you from breathing.” he had said.
The BJP MP has further said that the actress never touched hard drinks and alcohol could have been force-fed.
Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, who is said to be close to the family, had also claimed that in wedding ceremonies, she did not consume hard liquor. Taslima Nasreen too had tweeted, “Healthy adults don’t drown in bathtubs accidentally.”
Soon after the Ministry of Health, UAE released Sridevi’s forensic report, veteran actress Simi Garewal took to Twitter:
Uncanny similarities in the death of #Sridevi and Whitney Houston..
— Simi Garewal (@Simi_Garewal) February 26, 2018
It has also emerged that Sridevi’s husband, Boney Kapoor, was summoned by the Dubai police for an investigation into the case. The police recorded his statement, after which he was allowed to go back to his hotel room.
Sridevi, who went to Dubai to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding, was found dead in a bathtub on February 24 morning. She is survived by her film-maker husband Boney Kapoor and two daughters.