The 25-year old actress reportedly hanged herself at her Juhu residence late last night. Post mortem examination revealed the incident took place between 11 pm and 11.30 pm, sources said.
The actress' mother had gone for a stroll and returned to find the house door locked from inside. The door was then broken open and Jiah was found hanging. Jiah and her mother lived in Juhu's Sagar Sangeet building.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that she was in a relationship with Suraj, son of actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, for nearly a year. Jiah was said to be under depression after coming to know of Suraj's new love interest, who supplied jewellery to the Pancholis.
Investigators said the actress prima facie took her life due to her strained relationship with Suraj, a student at an acting institute. Suraj and Jiah spoke over telephone a number of times yesterday, with the last call being made at 22.53 pm which lasted for two minutes. Soon thereafter, Jiah hanged herself.
"Jiah was said to be very possessive about Suraj. Last night they exchanged text messages on their cell phones. Suraj also sent her a bouquet which she did not accept," they said. Jiah was also said to be unhappy about her career in Bollywood as she was out of job for quite some time. She had told her mother that she wanted to take up interior designing as a profession besides acting in Bollywood.
Her mother Razia Khan told the police that Jiah had gone to Hyderabad on June 2 for an audition which did not go off well. The actor, she told the police, was advised to shed weight. Both Suraj and Aditya were questioned by the police in connection with the case for nearly three-and-a-half hours and would be called again if necessary.
Jiah made her acting debut in the controversial Ram Gopal Varma's 'Nishabd' where she acted opposite Amitabh Bachchan. Upon its release in March 2007, the film received mixed reviews, but Jiah was noted for her confidence, attitude, and sex appeal.
She also got a Filmfare Best Debutant Nomination. She then appeared alongside Aamir Khan in A R Murugadoss's 'Ghajini', the Hindi remake of the director's own Tamil film of the same name. Later she appeared as a supporting actress in Sajid Khan's multi starrer comedy film 'Housefull' (2010). This was her last film.
(With inputs from agencies)