Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and family paid last respects to Kantamaneni Uma Maheswari, the daughter of legendary Telugu actor and former chief minister NT Rama Rao (NTR), after she died by suicide at her residence in Hyderabad on Monday. She was 57. NTR's son and renowned Telugu film actor N Balakrishna; and other family members also visited Uma’s residence to pay their respects.
The police had registered a case of unnatural death after Uma was found dead by her family on Monday. A post-mortem was conducted on Monday and later Uma’s body was handed over to the family. Jubilee Hills Inspector Rajasekhar Reddy told TNM on Tuesday, August 2, "Post mortem concluded last evening and body was handed over to the family. The report will come in 2-3 days."
A police official told PTI that Uma Maheswari's younger daughter, son-in-law and a woman relative were at home, and they broke open the door of the bedroom after she did not come out of the room. However, she had passed away.
A case of suspicious death under Section 174 (suicide) of CrPC was registered at the Jubilee Hills police station, police said. A post-mortem was conducted at the state-run Osmania General Hospital (OGH) in the city and the body was handed over to family members, hospital sources said. Uma Maheshwari had pledged her eyes.
Uma Maheswari was the youngest of NTR's daughters and the youngest among his 12 children. She lived with her husband, who was not in town at the time of the incident. Uma’s husband returned by Monday afternoon. Her younger daughter, who resides in the city, came to her home on Sunday along with her husband.
If you are aware of anyone facing mental health issues or feeling suicidal, please provide help. Here are some helpline numbers of suicide prevention organisations that can offer emotional support to individuals and families.
State health department's suicide helpline: 104
Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050 (listed as the sole suicide prevention helpline in Tamil Nadu)
Life Suicide Prevention: 78930 78930
Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584
Sahai (24-hour): 080 65000111, 080 65000222
Maithri: 0484 2540530
Chaithram: 0484 2361161
Both are 24-hour helpline numbers.
State government's suicide prevention (tollfree): 104
Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200
SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 am and 7 pm)
Aasara offers support to individuals and families during an emotional crisis, for those dealing with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, and to those undergoing trauma after the suicide of a loved one.
24x7 Helpline: 9820466726
Click here for working helplines across India.