Cheating and harassment by her boyfriend led to the suicide of Telugu television actress S Naga Jhansi, the Hyderabad police have said. Surya Teja was arrested for abetting the suicide and produced in a city court, which sent him to judicial custody for two weeks.
21-year-old Jhansi, who acted in TV serial Pavitra Bandhan, killed herself at her flat in Srinagar Colony on February 5. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Panjagutta, Vijay Kumar, said the accused was arrested after Jhansi's family members lodged a complaint, holding him responsible for the suicide.
The police investigations revealed that Teja had been pressurising her to quit acting. Investigation officials also said that he was subjecting her to mental harassment, which resulted in the actor going into depression.
Teja, who runs a mobile phone shop in Vijayawada, had come in contact with Jhansi in April last year and had become close friend. Jhansi had informed her parents in July that she wanted to marry him.
In November, Jhansi gifted a motorcycle to Teja on his birthday. Last month, Teja went to Jhansi's house and told her parents that he will marry her only if she quits acting. Jhansi accepted the condition and was since then running a beauty parlour.
But the police said that Teja still continued to harass her and used to pull her up for talking to her friends. For the last few days, he had started ignoring her and was not even taking her calls.
The police probe also revealed that for five days before committing suicide, Jhansi was alone in the house and was depressed. She was shocked to learn that Teja was looking for another wman to marry.
The accused denied cheating on Jhansi and said he would talk to his parents about the wedding after the marriage of his sister.