Mumbai: Two days after TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee was found dead at her residence, her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh was hospitalised after he complained of breathing problems before he was to face a second day of questioning by police over her death.
Rahul, a TV producer, was taken to Shree Sai Hospital in suburban Kandivali after he complained of chest pain, low blood pressure and a bout of depression.
"Rahul has been admitted to ICU. His condition is very fragile. He hasn't eaten. He is in a state of depression after Pratyusha's death. The doctors say if this continues, he will have brain haemorrhage," his lawyer Neeraj Gupta said.
24-year-old Pratyusha, who shot to fame with the portrayal of Anandi in hit TV series Balika Vadhu, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her home on April 1, in what appeared to be a case of suicide.
The reason for the extreme step is not yet known, but Pratyusha was reportedly facing problems in her relationship with Rahul.
Speculation was rife that Pratyusha was two months pregnant at the time of her death. This was, however, scotched by the investigating officer, who said they have not received any report by the doctors which suggest that the actress was pregnant.
"She wasn't pregnant because the doctors have not informed the police verbally or in writing about it. Her viscera report which will come in a month will give a proper analysis. If there is any pregnancy indication in that report, then we will ask Rahul and her friends about it," an investigating officer told PTI.
Police said that Pratyusha and Rahul's common friends told them that the couple were planning to get married on April 14, on the auspicious occasion of Bengali New Year.
Rahul's father Harshwardhan has said that Pratyusha had money troubles and had taken a loan of Rs 50 lakh for her parents.
"Pratyusha had come to Ranchi. She told me she wanted to get married to Rahul... Pratyusha had said she wanted to file a case against her parents. She never had any bank account. It was joint account and her money was being handled by her parents," Harshwardhan told reporters.
"All her money was taken by her parents. She had taken loan for more than Rs 50 lakh for her parents. She was under pressure because of this. Financiers used to call her. I used to send money to Pratyusha, sometimes Rs 10,000. If she was earning well then why did she go bankrupt?"