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Pratyusha Banerjee suicide: Who said what in the case

TV actor’s Pratyusha Banerjee’s domestic help came up with startling revelations and claimed the actor had to borrow money from her and called her parents from her mobile phone as boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh had asked her to stay away from her mother and father.

tv Updated: Apr 12, 2016 09:11 IST
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Pratyusha Banerjee’s domestic help has alleged that boyfriend would harass the actor for money, did not allow her to speak to her parents.
Pratyusha Banerjee’s domestic help has alleged that boyfriend would harass the actor for money, did not allow her to speak to her parents. (Colors)

Almost 10 days after TV actor Pratyusha Banerjee committed suicide, the Mumbai Police is still recording statements in the case. The Balika Vadhu actor’s boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh has been booked for suicide abetment based on the case filed by the actor’s mother.

Singh is currently admitted to Shree Sai Hospital in Kandivli for acute depression and the police are checking whether he can be arrested. His anticipatory bail has been rejected. The police have recorded the statements of many witnesses, including Rahul’s ex-girlfriend Saloni Sharma and Banerjee’s parents. This is what everyone had to say in the case...

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Rahul Raj Singh said in his initial statement to the police, “We used to stay in a two-bedroom flat. We had two keys; one key was with Pratyusha and the other was with me. When I entered the bedroom, I found Pratyusha hanging from the ceiling. I got very scared. Immediately, I called the neighbours and with their help, I took her to Kokilaben Hospital.”

Pratyusha Banerjee with boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh.

Speaking about his reason for being absconding till the day after her suicide, Rahul said, “We assumed that she was alive, but she was not. I got so scared that I did not inform the police. It was the hospital authorities who informed them. After the doctor’s declaration, I called up Pratyusha’s family members and few of our close friends.”

On the allegations that Banerjee was in a messy relationship with him and they had a fight before the actress committed suicide, he told a newspaper, “We did not have a fight. We were soon going to get married.”

Read: Rahul has not been honest from the day of Pratyusha’s death, says his lawyer

Pratyusha Banerjee’s parents told police that the actor was fed up with her life because of boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh’s harassment. Banerjee used to call her mother Soma from her maid’s phone as Rahul had restricted her from speaking to her parents, the statement said.

“In October last year, I had heard them shouting loudly in their bedroom and at one occasion, Pratyusha came running out of her bedroom scared,” said Soma Banerjee in her statement to the police.

Pratyusha’s domestic help Renu Singh said in her statement to the police, “When Rahul was out, she would narrate her ordeal to me. She would show me the injuries she got from Rahul’s beatings.”

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 Rs 50,000 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.”

Pratyusha Banerjee’s parents with actor Kamya Punjabi (extreme right).

A driver, who had earlier worked for Rahul, 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.

Actor Kamya Punjabi, Pratyusha’s friend, said during a press conference, “Some days ago she (Pratyusha) 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.”

Kamya added that Pratyusha called another common friend Leena and said ‘I want to fight back’.

Vikas Gupta, a producer friend of Pratyusha, claimed the actor did not want to “give up” on the relationship. “She was in a messy relationship. She didn’t want to come out of it thinking ‘I don’t want people to think I am in a relationship and now I am getting out of it’. She didn’t want to give up,” he claimed.

Gupta also claimed Rahul’s ex-girlfriend Saloni Sharma allegedly used to assault Pratyusha in his absence. “Saloni Sharma used to visit her and assault her. She used to threat Pratyusha because of which she was disturbed too. When Pratyusha used to tell Rahul about this, he used to switch off his phone and not visit her,” he further claimed.

Kamya and Vikas also claimed that Rahul used to publicly “slap” Pratyusha in public as well as in parties and many of her friends had witnessed it.