Suspicious of police probe, Pratyusha’s parents write to Rajnath Singh

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 09, 2016 21:41 IST
Pratyusha Banerjee’s parents, Soma and Shankar Banerjee, address a press conference in Mumbai.. (PTI File Photo)

Expressing dissatisfaction over investigations by Mumbai police into the death of TV actress, Pratyusha Banerjee, her parents have written a letter to Union home minister Rajnath Singh seeking a probe by a premier central agency into the case, police sources said on Monday.

The two-page letter, written in Hindi, has requested the minister to hand over the probe into Banerjee’s death to the “most premier investigating agency” as the investigation carried out by police so far looks “suspicious”.

The 24-year-old “Balika Vadhu” actress allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence in Mumbai on April 1 but her father Shankar and mother Soma have alleged that Pratyusha was murdered.

Pratyusha’s boyfriend, Rahul Raj Singh -- a TV producer -- was booked for abetment of suicide and criminal intimation, among other charges.

Despite the police having adequate material in the form of call data record (CDR), statements of witnesses, site `panchanama’ (spot report) as well as their own case against Rahul, they have failed to register a murder case, the parents said.

Rahul “trapped” Pratyusha on the pretext of love and emptied her bank accounts that had several lakhs, the parents said.

In the past one year, Rahul withdrew more than Rs 30 lakhs from Pratyusha’ bank accounts. The TV producer and his former girlfriend Saloni Sharma cheated their deceased daughter, they said.

The letter said Shankar and Soma weren’t aware that police had filed a case of suicide after the death of their daughter. The FIR was written in Marathi, which they don’t understand.

The Banerjees alleged that Rahul, who was granted anticipatory bail by the Bombay high court in April, used to mentally and physically harass the actress.

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