Pratyusha suicide: Police to question Rahul’s ex-girlfriend Saloni
Cops will reportedly question Saloni, ex-girlfriend of Rahul Raj Singh, the boyfriend of TV actor Pratyusha Banerjee who was found hanging in her apartment in Mumbai on April 1. Pratyusha’s friends alleged that Saloni used to assault and ‘torture’ the TV actor.tv Updated: Apr 05, 2016 16:17 IST
In the Pratyusha Banerjee suicide case, the police will reportedly question Saloni Sharma, former girlfriend of Rahul Raj Singh who was dating the Balika Vadhu actor at the time of her death. Pratyusha, a known face on TV, was found hanging in her apartment in Mumbai on April 1.
According to a report in The Hindu, TV actor Saloni Sharma will be questioned with regards to Pratyusha’s suicide. It also quoted a cop as saying, “We will see what they have to say and verify their statements to check if they have any bearing on Pratyusha’s death.”
In a press conference held after Pratyusha’s death, producer Vikas Gupta claimed that Saloni used to assault Pratyusha in Rahul’s absence. “Saloni Sharma used to visit her and assault her. She used to threaten Pratyusha because of which she was disturbed. When Pratyusha used to tell Rahul about this, he used to switch off his phone and not visit her,” he said at a press conference on Sunday evening. TV actors Kamya Punjabi, Shashank Vyas were also present at the press conference.
Officials from the Bangur Nagar police station will reportedly question the friends regarding their claims.
Leena Dias, a common friend of Pratyusha and Rahul who claims to be a “rakhi sister” of Rahul, alleged that Pratyusha called her a day before her death, and said Saloni was torturing her and that she wanted to get out of the mess. “Around 3 am, a day before her (Pratyusha’s) death, she (Pratyusha) called me and was crying. She said ‘I want to get out of these things’. Whatever is happening with me is wrong. I asked her what exactly it was. She told me ‘I want to fight back, I can’t stay like this, I want to sort out these things and come out of this’,” Leena said.
Pratyusha was declared dead at Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, where she was taken after being found dead at her Goregaon apartment. Rahul Raj Singh, currently in hospital himself being treated for chest pain and low blood pressure, has been questioned by cops.
Singh’s lawyer Neeraj Gupta said the actor has been moved from the intensive care unit to the general ward, but will remain there for a couple of days. “He is better physically but is still under a lot of mental trauma. Some psychiatrists and counsellors are now treating him,” he said.
Police on Monday started obtaining information about Pratyusha’s finances, contacting the banks where she held accounts. Initial inquiries have indicated that she was facing serious financial problems as she had fallen behind on loan repayments and was not getting enough roles. Rahul’s family has alleged that Pratyusha was facing severe financial issues and had even taken money from them on many occasions.