In a fresh twist in the death of TikTok star Pooja Chavan, her father Lahu Chavan on Monday claimed that she was very disturbed due to some family debts which could have led her to take resort to the extreme step.
"We have lost our daughter. She is not going to return. We have no complaints or doubts against anybody regarding her death. Please stop defaming us in society," Chavan pleaded in a statement.
He also made it clear that the voice in the audio clips which have gone viral on social media does not belong to his daughter.
"We are not blaming anybody. Kindly leave us alone and don't give us more pain by such allegations against her," he said.
Chavan said that Pooja has five other sisters but she was the strongest in the family and her sudden death has shocked and shattered them all.
"We had taken a loan to rebuild our house and set up our poultry farm business. But things were very bad past couple of years, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and then the bird flu," he added.
Breaking down, he said he had assured his daughter not to take stress over the loans and promised to clear them somehow, but she took the extreme step after going to Pune nearly a fortnight ago.
Chavan's statement came a couple of days after the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party mounted an all-out attack on the MahaVikasAghadi government, alleging that Forest Minister Sanjay Rathod was reportedly linked to Pooja's death on February 8.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray made it clear on Saturday that there would be a thorough probe into her death and anybody found involved will not be spared. (IANS)