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Family of Sonali Phogat suspects foul play, demands CBI probe into ‘heart attack’

BJP MLA and actress Sonali Phogat's sister Raman cannot believe she had had a heart attack. Insisting that she was fit, Raman demanded a CBI investigation into the matter.

"My sister cannot have a heart attack. She was very fit. We demand a proper investigation by CBI. My family is not ready to accept that she died of a heart attack. She had no such medical problem," she said.

"She had said she was feeling uneasy. She sensed as if something was not right as if some conspiracy was being played against her. Later in the morning, we received the news that she was no more," she said, adding that Phogat did not suffer from any previous illness.

The other sister of Sonali Phogat, Rupesh, revealed that she talked to her on the phone the evening before her death. Rupesh said that Sonali abruptly cut short the call and did not receive calls thereafter. "I received a call from her the evening before her death. She said she wanted to talk over WhatsApp and said that something fishy was going on… later, she cut the call short and then did not receive calls," she said.

Meanwhile, Goa Director General of Police Jaspal Singh said there is no case of foul play, even as Sonali Phogat's family questioned the circumstances of her death and opposition parties in demanded a CBI probe.

Sonali Phogat, who found fame on TikTok, died of a suspected heart attack in Goa, police said on Tuesday. A case of unnatural death has been registered after Phogat (42), who was staying at a hotel. She was declared ''brought dead'' at a hospital in Anjuna, and the post-mortem will be conducted today.

"Preliminary enquiry has revealed that she had come to Goa on 22 August and was staying in a hotel in Anjuna. Early that morning, she started feeling uneasiness at a hotel and was moved to a hospital where she was declared brought dead," Deputy Superintendent of Police (Mapusa) Jivba Dalvi said.

The cause of death is prima facie established as a heart attack but further medical examination would be done, the officer said. Dalvi said the body had been sent to the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) at Bambolim for postmortem.

Sonali Phogat, who had appeared in the Bigg Boss reality TV series, had unsuccessfully contested from the Adampur assembly constituency in Hisar on a BJP nomination against Kuldeep Bishnoi in the 2019 assembly election. Bishnoi, who was then in the Indian National Congress, recently joined the BJP.  Bishnoi had met Phogat in Hisar a few days ago. 

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leaders OP Dhankar and Bishnoi condoled Phogat's death.

Between 7 PM and 8 PM the day before yesterday, Phogat had posted two different videos and four images on Instagram, which showed her sporting a pink turban. Fans began disbelieving she had died on seeing the videos.

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