Actor Pratyusha Banerjee had allegedly been reprimanded by boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh for drinking too much at a party, which was held at their apartment the day before, less than an hour before she hanged herself, police sources said.
Police sources told HT that Banerjee, Singh and at least three of their friends had been partying at the Goregaon apartment, where the couple lived in. The next morning before going to the church, Singh asked Banerjee to come along but she refused, sources said, adding, that after Singh got home from the church, the couple napped and Singh woke up around 1pm.
A police source said Singh had reprimanded Banerjee after he found her consuming alcohol in the afternoon. He then freshened up and asked her to wake him up some time later. Banerjee woke Singh up around 2.45pm following which he went out to get lunch and returned home around 3.15pm.
Singh’s advocate Neeraj Gupta said, “Rahul found that the door was locked from within and he had not taken a key. He called Banerjee on her phone several times, but did not get an answer. He also dropped a text message.”
After calling her several times, Singh fetched a key maker, who tried to open the lock, Gupta added. The police said a cook from the neighbouring flat eventually entered their flat through a window.
Around 4.30pm, Banerjee was found hanging from the ceiling, the police said, adding that Singh rushed her to Kokilaben Hospital and then called Banerjee’s uncle before informing her parents and close friends.