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Pratyusha Banerjee Underwent Abortion in March, Say Sources

Shawan Sen | CNN-News18

First published: April 19, 2016, 5:39 PM IST | Updated: April 19, 2016
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Pratyusha Banerjee Underwent Abortion in March, Say Sources
Pratyusha, who shot to fame as 'Anandi' in celebrated drama series 'Balika Vadhu', allegedly committed suicide on April 1 by hanging herself on the ceiling fan in her apartment in Kandivali.

Was 24-year-old Pratysuha Banerjee pregnant? Soon after her death, Mumbai tabloids speculated about this. Most reports were without any official confirmation from the investigating agency.

But, on Tuesday, all speculations were put to rest, with top sources in Mumbai Police confirming that the actress was pregnant.

Sources told CNN-News 18 Pratyusha was pregnant in January and that she had undergone an abortion in March. "We have got this verified from the doctor who the actor had consulted," said a source.

The histopathology report of Pratyusha's uterus prepared by JJ Hospital indicated that Pratyusha had undergone termination of pregnancy weeks before her death.

So was her boyfriend, acttor-producer Rahul Raj Singh aware? "Yes," said the source, adding,"But he did not accompany her to the doctor." Rahul Raj Singh, who has been granted interim relief, has admitted before the investigating agency that he was aware.

But, in public, Singh feigned ignorance. "This is completely baseless," he told reporters outside Bangurnagar police station. Singh has been directed by Bombay High Court to appear before Bangurnagar police station till April 23.

What does this revelation really mean for the investigation in the mysterious death case?

Mumbai Police are likely to probe whether the actor was depressed because of her abortion. "We have asked him over 500 questions so far. He hasn't been cooperating much," said a source.

Pratyusha, who shot to fame as 'Anandi' in celebrated drama series 'Balika Vadhu', allegedly committed suicide on April 1 by hanging herself on the ceiling fan in her apartment in Kandivali on the western suburb of Mumbai.

Her boyfriend Singh is booked for abetting her suicide. Police had filed a report last week alleging that Singh, who was staying with Pratyusha at a flat in Goregaon, used to assault her. He used to regularly borrow money from the actress and also withdrew money from her bank account, the report said.

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