Former model Archana Pandey commits suicide in Mumbai
MUMBAI: A 26-year-old former model identified as Archana
Pandey committed suicide at her Lokhandwala residence in Andheri west. Her body
was found hanging from the ceiling fan in a decomposed state on Monday morning
when the police broke open the apartment.
The police have booked Pandey’s boyfriend on the
charge of abetment to suicide on Monday evening based on her suicide note.
According to the Versova police officers, they had
received a call from the residence of the New Mhada buildings at the
Lokhandwala back road at 10.30 am about foul stench emitting from the 12th
On reaching the spot when the police officers opened
the door of a rented apartment with duplicate keys, they found Pandey’s body in
the bedroom. The police found a one page suicide note resting on the bed.
Arundhati Rane, senior police inspector of Versova
police station said that Pandey’s body was sent to Cooper hospital for post
mortem. “Looking at the state of the body we assume that Pandey might have
committed suicide three days ago,” said Rane. The police officers said that
Pandey, who stayed alone in the city used to work as a finance consultant after
she quit modelling in 2009.
According to the police, in her suicide note she had
named her boyfriend Umar Pathan for abandoning her at her time of need. She had
written that Pathan and a woman named Sana had left her when she needed them
Police sources said that Pandey was earning well and
did not have any financial problems however she was suffering from depression
after her brother identified as Ashwin Pandey was arrested by the Gujarat crime
branch in an international cheating scam. Archana had even registered a case of
kidnapping after her brother went missing however she later found out that he
had been arrested in a Nigerian scam of Rs 78 crore where Ashwin was found with
Rs 76 lakh in his account, said police officials based on the statement given
by her friends.
Pandey had been making frequent rounds to Gujarat for
Ashwin’s bail. She had requested Pathan to help her out but he had been
avoiding her lately.
“Pathan had sent me a screenshot of the message and
asked me to check on her but when I called her she seemed normal and told me
that she would not do anything stupid. I did not visit her house because I did
not find it serious enough,” said Pandey’s close friend whose statement was
recorded by the police on Monday.
The police had earlier registered a case of accidental
death, however, based on the suicide note the Versova police have booked