Pratyusha Banerjee's parents write to Rajnath Singh, demand CBI investigation

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 yesterday.

Pratyusha Banerjee committed suicide on April 1

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 probe carried out by police so far looks “suspicious”.

The 24-year-old “Balika Vadhu” actress allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence on April 1 but her father Shankar and mother Soma have alleged their daughter 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. In the past one year, Rahul withdrew more than Rs 30 lakh from the bank accounts of Pratyusha. 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. The FIR was written in Marathi which they don’t understand.

The Banerjees alleged Rahul, who was granted anticipatory bail by the Bombay High Court, used to harass the actress.

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