Mumbai: It’s been over three months since television actress Pratyusha Banerjee committed suicide in her Goregaon flat. Singh, who is currently out on bail, has been charged with abetment of suicide, assault and criminal intimidation in the chargesheet that has over 1,000 pages. Banerjee, who shot to fame as Anandi in Balika Vadhu, was found hanging at her Goregaon apartment that she shared with Singh on April 1.
The chargesheet includes statements of Banerjee’s parents, her uncle Dipankar and his wife Barnali, her co-stars and friends. Actress Kamya Punjabi and Banerjee’s friend Leena Dias are among the 45 witnesses who gave their statements to the police. Barnali told the police in her statement that she saw the injury marks on Banerjee’s body when the 24-year-old actor visited them at their Ambernath home early in February for two days. Banerjee showed her the injuries she sustained on her thigh after a fight with Singh.
Her uncle then called Banerjee’s mother Soma and told her they are sending her back home. However, Banerjee decided to stay back. Barnali also told the police that Banerjee called her on March 31, a day before committing suicide to complain that her life has gotten very difficult.
Banerjee’s parents wrote to the chief minister, state home minister and the police commissioner asking for a murder probe into the case. They also demanded that the case should be transferred to the crime branch alleging that the local police station was ‘giving a free hand to the accused to destroy evidence.”
However, the Bombay high court did not take their petition and asked the Bangur Nagar police continue their investigations in the case. Singh has been asked to appear before the court on July 30.