Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee accused of shoplifting

Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee who is all set to make her Bollywood debut with ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshi’ has been accused of shoplifting. She has been caught red-handed. She headed to Singapore to attend a film festival.

In Singapore, she visited a jewellery boutique and picked up a pair of earrings. The owner of the shop then contacted the organizer of the show and informed the matter. The owner also showed CCTV footage to prove the incident.

It was not too late when Swastika Mukherjee hit the headlines for committing suicide. She cut her wrist following a fight with her boyfriend. The boutique owner Apsara Oswal said that the earrings she lifted worth US$225.

Arindam Sil, executive producer of Sujoy Ghosh's ‘Kahaani’ who was also part of the film festival, said he has seen the footage. "The boutique owner is my friend."

“She informed the festival organisers about the incident and sent us the evidence. The CCTV footage shows her purchasing an expensive neckpiece and then going back to the display shelves. She tried the earrings, took the pair in her left hand and shoved the empty box behind another box. No police complaint has been lodged against Swastika. She fled from her hotel on Monday morning along with her boyfriend," said Arindam.

When the incident spread, Swastika told Sreyashi Sen, the founder and chairperson of Darpan Film Festival, that she is innocent and would also pay for the missing earrings as she does not get into any sort of controversy.

When Sen was contacted, she replied, "I have no comments on this and I request the media not to contact me for this," she said.

An employee of the boutique said, "I was not at work on the day of the incident but I know about it. We didn't know she was an actress."

A single mother Swastika is currently shooting Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshi’ opposite Sushant Singh Rajput.

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