Pratyusha Banerjee hanged herself with a dupatta
On Friday, a team of officers conducted a punchnama at the seventh-floor Goregaon West apartment of Pratyusha and Rahul
Sources say that the officers who reached the seventh-floor Goregaon flat that Pratyusha Banerjee shared with Rahul Raj Singh, found it in a mess.
Pratyusha's body arrives at the Oshiwara cemetery. Pic/Rane Ashish
On Friday, one team of officers from Bangur Nagar police station reached Harmony Residency, behind Carnival Mall in Goregaon West. They entered the 1BHK at 9.30 pm after a keymaker opened the door for them.
Sources said that the cops who were conducting the punchnama — it was also recorded on video — found the living room with belongings strewn all over.
Close friend and actress Kamya Punjabi breaks down at Siddharth hospital in Goregaon on Saturday. Pic/Shadab Khan
An officer told mid-day, "There were two cartons of beer. One was empty while the other still had some cans in it. Other bottles of alcohol were also in the room."
In the bedroom, the officers found two packets of what they suspected to be marijuana. There were close to 150 cigarette butts in the flat. The living room, cops say, have two fans and Pratyusha hanged herself using a dupatta from the first fan.
High drama ensued when a fellow actress friend of Pratyusha's fainted on seeing Pratyusha's body at the funeral. Pic/Rane Ashish
Officers have taken the statements of a few friends of Pratyusha and her parents, who have said that they are not blaming Rahul for her suicide.
They have asked the police to conduct a fair investigation. Rahul's statement was recorded late on Saturday night. Investigating officer Deepak Fatangare said,
"We have taken the statement of Pratyusha's parents, her driver and the key maker. The parents have not made any allegations against Rahul. We will cross check all statements before verifying facts."
Sunil Mukhiya, who works as a cook at the neighbouring flat, told the police that he had heard Rahul trying to open the door on Friday afternoon but it was locked from inside. On hearing Rahul's shouts, Mukhiya stepped out of the house. At Rahul's urging he then jumped into Pratyusha's balcony — the balconies of the two houses are close. The sliding window of the balcony was open. Mukhiya said he entered the living room where he found Pratyusha hanging from the ceiling fan. He immediately opened the door and Rahul pulled Pratyusha down. Rahul picked her up and rushed to the hospital.
'Rahul tried to resuscitate her'
Sandeep Suryawanshi, site inspector of the building and the mall, which occupies three floors of the structure, said, "I saw Rahul trying to resuscitate Pratyusha on the way to his car. He hoped that Prayusha was still alive." He added, "He later took her in car to the hospital." Suryawanshi added that there had been a lot of trouble in the couple's life. He said, "A month ago a female friend came to their house. She assaulted the couple. At that time cops from Bangur Nagar had arrived for inquiry. Later, the same woman had done many rounds of the building and Pratyusha was very upset about it."