Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 16:
Odisha police today arrested popular television actor Pralipta Priyadarshini Samal alias Jessy on charges of abetment to suicide in the Ranjit Patnaik death case.
The Soro police arrested the female actor for abeting the suicide of choreographer-turned-actor Ranjit Patnaik alias Raja.
Jessy has been arrested today on abetment of suicide charges in the case related to Ranjit Patnaik’s death. Section 306 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been slapped against her, police said.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that it was a case of suicide. The actor committed suicide due to instigation or abetment. When we verified the background under what circumstances the incident took place, we found that deceased actor’s girlfriend had taunted him in connection with his professional success,” Balasore SP Niti Sekhar told media persons.
“Jessy is relatively more successful among the two. The victim was professionally not very well off. Investigation revealed that she was taking care of him in every sense. On the day of the incident, they had gone to a musical programme in Khaira area where Jessy was invited and Raja was not invited as an actor. Raja had accompanied Jessy to the event. Another actor Chandan was supposed to perform at the event with Jessy. However, he did not turn up following which the organisers requested Raja to perform at the event. After the show, Raja was paid Rs 2, 000 and Jessy was paid Rs 27, 000. The female actor verbally abused the victim over his capability and self respect. The altercation between the duo reached a flashpoint and Raja told the driver stop the car so that he can go out to pass urine. He climbed over the parapet of the bridge and jumped over. His death was caused due to this,” Sekhar added.
Jessy was forwared to Soro SDJM court after her arrest in Soro. Meanwhile, she has been sent to 15-day judicial custody after her bail plea was rejected by the court.
While mystery had deepened around the death of Raja, a six-member team was formed to investigate into the matter.
Personnel of Soro police station, Balasore Industrial Estate police station and Remuna police station were investigating into the matter.
Earlier in the day, Jessy, event coordinator Pralay Jena and driver Dhaneswar Behera were brought to State Forensic Science Laboratory (SFSL) at Rasulgarh Square in the capital city for polygraph test.
However, the officials had to reschedule the lie-detection test to a later date due to technical glitch in the testing device.
When asked about conducting polygraph test on Jessy and others, Balasore SP Niti Sekhar said, “We will conduct polygraph test on a later date, if need be.”
“It is victory of truth and truth has come out. The guilty should be punished,” Raja’s uncle Amiya Patnaik said.