The police said they are investigating the alleged suicide by one Sonam Pandey and the claims by her family members that she took the extreme step as she was distressed by her husband's comments mocking Khan.

"Sonam Pandey and her husband Mayank were talking about newspaper reports about Khan's statement yesterday morning. My son poked fun at Sonam, saying what kind of man is the Bollywood star, who wants to settle abroad on the advice of his wife," said Mayank's father, RP Pandey.

Angered by her husband's criticism of Khan, Sonam ran upstairs and locked herself inside a room, he added. "After a while, she started screaming and, when Mayank went to her help, he found her vomiting. It appears she consumed some poisonous substance. Sonam was rushed to the hospital, where she died later, Pandey said.

When contacted, Kotwali police station inspector Praful Shrivastava cited they were 'investigating the matter and will proceed accordingly'.

Khan had touched off a storm with his remarks earlier this week that his wife Kiran Rao had asked him whether they could settle abroad given the incidents of intolerance in the country.

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