Bollywood star, a suicide; and online witchcraft victim all over India World News

IT was the silent ending of a story that defeated the simplest stories in the film. On Wednesday, Bollywood star Riya Chakraborty was released from the Byculla Women’s Jail in Mumbai after being released on bail after spending 28 days in jail.

For the past four months, she has been engrossed in a media spectacle that has become a national obsession in India. He was accused of playing a role in the death of his boyfriend, 34-year-old colleague Sushant Singh Rajput, who committed suicide in his Mumbai apartment on June 14.

After the news of his death broke, the Rajput’s struggle for mental health began to emerge. But in the days that followed, conspiratorial ideologies also began to realize that Rajput was drawn to his death by nepotism in the Indian film industry, which made him hate being an outsider, not a pure descendant of Bollywood. Of was

The claim that his assassination spread on social media and politicians of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a “Justice for Sushant” campaign.

After that, the glare of the media turned to Chakraborty. The Rajput family filed a lawsuit against him, claiming that he had offered his life, and although no evidence could be presented, a hate campaign was launched against him. He was arrested in September by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on charges of supplying drugs to Rajputs, smuggling and being part of an “active drug syndicate”.

He was not alone. Following his arrest, the NCB also questioned some of the biggest names in Bollywood for alleged drug-related activities.

But Chakraborty has denied any wrongdoing in connection with her boyfriend’s death and the NCB’s allegations, and last week the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) released an autopsy report stating that It was confirmed what the police had said to everyone: Rajput was dead. Any suspicion of suicide could be ruled out.

Portrait of Sashint Singh Rajput in pictures sitting against an ornate wall

Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, committed suicide at his home in Mumbai in June. Photographer: Hindustan Times / Rex / Shutterstock

Shortly afterwards, a Mumbai court ruled that Chakraborty, who has no criminal record, was not part of any syndicate and was not involved in financing or endorsing illegal drug trafficking. That is to say, as the drug agency has alleged. So he was released on bail after about a month behind bars.

As the legal burden of science and evidence deals with conspiracy theories, a push has begun. Last week, the Mumbai Police, which has been rocked by online allegations of a cover-up, filed two reports under India’s Information Technology Act, alleging that their investigations were derailed. More than 80,000 fake social media accounts have been used. A report released by Microsoft Research India also outlines the role played by BJP politicians in promoting conspiracy theories for political gain around Sushant’s death.

According to statistics, BJP politicians helped link the online story surrounding Rajput’s death to Mumbai, where Mumbai is located. The BJP and Shiv Sena are former political allies who have become bitter rivals in the state.

One of the conspiracies was that Shiv Sena was involved in the death, and the chief minister was cooperating with the police to cover up the investigation into Rajput’s murder and his own theft.

Microsoft’s report, which analyzed data from Twitter, YouTube and a large number of joint fake news outlets, also found that politicians, particularly the BJP, had raised the issue. How he was instrumental in changing the course of the conversation by referring to ‘murder’. “, Instead of ‘suicide’.”

“In the weeks that followed, the use of the word ‘murder’ in the tweets of BJP politicians increased … Overall, the statistics strongly suggest that BJP The JP ended its interference in the ‘murder’, adding that it was “accidentally seen so far that many celebrities were being trolled after the suicide, including those in the past”. I used to criticize the government. “

The report also notes that among the online groups claiming justice for the Rajputs, the researchers found “a great mixture of extreme civilization, caste, mistrust of Muslims and mismanagement.”

The report has been the subject of a vicious online reaction to its authors Observer He was no longer allowed to speak to the media.

And not all speculation remains. Mumbai Police’s investigation into Rajput’s death is ongoing, as are investigations by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate and the NCB. Chakraborty’s brother is in jail, and a court date is yet to be set for Chakraborty, who is still facing charges of drug trafficking. Meanwhile, the Rajput family’s lawyer claimed that the AIIMS report lacked “credibility” and intended to challenge it in court.

In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted at 116 123 or email [email protected] or [email protected] In the United States, the national suicide prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the Crisis Services Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at


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