Mumbai police on Tuesday booked TV actor Pratyusha Banerjee’s boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh for abetting her suicide. The FIR was filed after Banerjee’s mother Soma arrived at the Bangur Nagar police station and gave a fresh statement to the police.
The case was registered under sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
Many arguments and counter-arguments were made since Pratyusha’s death on Friday. In her statement to the police, the TV actor’s mother Soma said, “I used to live with Pratyusha at her Kandivali flat. When (she and Rahul) would have fights, they would live separately. I counselled them to not fight so much and concentrate on their careers.”
In a joint press conference on Monday, her friends Kamya Punjabi and Vikas Gupta claimed Rahul was cheating on her and that the couple was in a “messy relationship”. “Some days ago she called me and said Rahul is cheating on her. Three-four days ago, when I got a call in Delhi, I told her I’ll come and sort out everything. She said she can’t live like this anymore and wanted to get out of this relationship. She said she needed help and wanted to file a case against Rahul,” Kamya claimed.
Rahul was admitted at Shree Sai Hospital in Kandivali on Sunday morning after he complained of heavy chest pains and is still admitted there. His lawyer Neeraj Gupta said Rahul is under severe stress.
He is likely to be arrested after his discharge from hospital in a day or so.
Currently, Banerjee’s co-stars have gathered at a Gurudwara in Andheri for a condolence prayer meeting.