The police have recorded the statement of Renu Singh, the former maid of TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee, who committed suicide in her flat in Goregaon on April 1.
Renu told the police she had witnesses “several” fights between Pratyusha and her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh, who has been booked for abetting her suicide. “I heard them fight several times, and he would often hit her. I had tried to intervene once but she stopped me from saying anything. I then kept quiet for her sake,” Renu said in her statement on Thursday.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Renu said Pratyusha often borrowed money from her to buy medicines. “When Rahul was out, she would narrate her ordeal to me. She would show me the injuries she got from Rahul’s beatings,” Renu told HT. She said Rahul also controlled Pratyusha’s finances, including her credit and debit cards.
“They would mostly fight over money matters. Rahul would often ask her for Rs50,000 to 1 lakh even when she did not have the money. Rahul would also suspect her and doubt her. Pratyusha’s previous relationship with a businessman was another reason for many of their fights,” Renu said. She said whenever Pratyusha brought up marriage, Rahul would avoid the topic.
Renu worked at Pratyusha’s and Rahul’s flat for three months and left the job around a month ago, when Rahul’s ex-girlfriend Saloni showed up at their house — with a copy of the key. After letting herself in, she had a fight with Pratyusha and Rahul.
Renu said, “Pratyusha thought Saloni got the key from me. I don’t know how she got it. I quit the job then and did not even get paid.”
The police have recorded Renu’s statement along with those of 13 others, including TV actor Kamya Punjabi. A source said she told the police that Pratyusha had called her a few days before committing suicide. She told the police that Pratyusha said Rahul was cheating on her.
The police have also recorded the statement of a driver who once worked for Rahul. The driver said he saw Saloni at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital on April 1, when Rahul had taken Praytusha’s body there. According to a source, the driver told the police Rahul left the hospital after leaving Pratyusha’s body there, and that Saloni also disappeared soon after.
Rahul remains at Shree Sai Hospital in Kandivli. According to Dr Santosh Goel he is depressed and suicidal.