40-year-old Indian actress Pradnya Parkar, allegedly strangulated her teenage daughter and then committed suicide at their Kalwa residence in Gauri Suman Society on Friday morning, Thane Police said.
Pradnya Parkar allegedly left behind suicide note admitting to the murder-suicide and said she was under extreme stress. Her daughter Shruti, 17, was an HSC student at a Thane college.
Preliminary reports by the police suggested that Parkar, who worked in several Marathi serials and an unreleased Marathi movie, was not getting much work these days and her husband too was facing problems in his business. The neighbours said she had been home without work for many months.
A senior police inspector of Kalwa police station, Shekhar Bagde said the deceased had also come to know that her husband was having an affair.
The incident apparently took place between 8 and 9 in the morning when her husband had gone to the gym.
On return, he found the door of the flat locked from inside. With help from neighbours, he broke down the door and found his wife hanging from the ceiling fan and his daughter suffocated to death in the bedroom. Further probe is on.
“We think a financial crisis led to the murder-suicide, but a probe is under way,” said Shekhar Bagde, adding that the actress left a note taking responsibility for her actions. “She said no one else should be blamed for this,” Bagde added.