The Juhu police have pointed to two immediate triggers that could have led actor Jiah Khan to commit suicide — a break-up bouquet sent by her boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi hours before the incident, and Sooraj allegedly beating her.
The police said they have arrested Sooraj on the basis of Jiah's mother Rabea’s statement, the six-page letter found from Jiah’s wallet box three days after her death, and circumstantial evidence such as the bouquet.
Jiah was found hanging in her Juhu apartment at 11.23pm on June 3 by Rabea. Sooraj had sent her a bouquet at around 9pm, and the police had initially claimed it was a congratulatory bouquet from Sooraj as Jiah had told him she had signed three films.
“Rebea has said in her statement that it was a break-up bouquet, which Sooraj had sent after he terminated their relationship. She also said Sooraj had hit her during one of their scuffles before breaking up, and there were bruises on her chin and neck. These two things, she said, led Jiah to commit suicide as she had lost self-esteem, especially after being hit,” said an official from Juhu police.
The official said though Sooraj has been booked and arrested on the basis of Rabea’s statement, they are corroborating the details. Whether Jiah was punched will be revealed in the post-mortem report, which has been kept pending as Jiah's viscera has been sent for chemical analysis.
Jiah's mother also told the police that Sooraj had promised to marry Jiah, but had not even introduced her to his parents. “Jiah’s letter talks about an abortion. Although there are no medical means to corroborate this, we have contacted the Juhu hospital where the procedure allegedly took place, and should get the requisite documents the official.
The police said the letter was not found in Jiah's room where the police had conducted a panchnama, but in a second bedroom in the 2BHK apartment.