Pratyusha Banerjee kills herself, boyfriend on the run

Pratyusha Banerjee’s boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh has gone missing and police could not trace him. It is heard that Rahul drove Pratyusha to take this extreme step. The couple was completely in love and was planning to get hitched but for the past few days, the ‘Balika Vadhu’ actress was upset for her troubled relationship.

Pratyusha Banerjee, who shot to fame with ‘Balika Vadhu’ found dead at her suburban residence. No suicide note was found from her Goregaon flat.

The actress was in a living relationship with Rahul and last night he did not return home. Rahul and Pratyusha often fight in a drunken state. Her WhatsApp message states about her disturbed love life. She threatened to end her life, Rahul told police.

According to police, Singh rushed home after receiving the message and found her hanging from the ceiling. He put her down with the help of a neighbour’s cook and called her uncle, who lives in Mumbai.

Deepak Fatangare, inspector of Bangur Nagar police station, said, “It is a case of suicide by hanging.”

Banerjee’s father Shankar told mid-day on the phone from Ranchi: “We won’t spare Rahul. My daughter was a good, happy soul, but he used to torture her. I can’t believe she could take such an extreme step. He forced her to end her life. Rahul may have run away, but once I reach Mumbai, I will hunt him down and he will have to pay heavily for this. He ruined my daughter’s life.”

Late on Friday, the police entered the couple’s home with a duplicate key. No suicide note was found. Police suspect that Rahul might have taken it.

Rahul took Pratyusha to the hospital and had interaction with police officials. In the pretext of attending a phone call, he went out of the hospital and run away, carrying the actress’s phone.

Police feared that he would have either deleted all data or disposed it off.

“In case we get it, we can send it to forensics to retrieve call records and messages, but it will take time,” said an officer.

Banerjee’s mother has rushed to Kolkata and will take an early morning flight to Mumbai. “She is expected to fly back around 10 am with the body for the last rites in Kolkata,” said a source.