TV actress Naga Jhansi’s lover Surya Teja was arrested on Tuesday on the charge of abetting the former’s suicide. Jhansi had reportedly committed suicide at her residence in Sri Nagar Colony, Hyderabad on February 5. As there was no suicide note, police tried to check her two phones (iPhone & Samsung) to see if there was any evidence, reports TOI.
Cops managed to check the contents of her Samsung phone, but they could not open the iPhone. “On the day of suicide, Jhansi had called Surya and spoke to him. Surya spoke to her curtly complaining that she did not call him for two days and disconnected the call. Subsequently, he did not answer her phone calls as he was busy at the workplace,” Panjagutta sub-inspector (SI) I Chandrasekhar said, as reported by TOI.
When interrogated, Surya claimed that he did not cheat her by promising to marry her. “Surya said that Jhansi wanted to marry him and he also said that after the marriage of his sister he will talk to his family about the wedding. He, however, introduced Jhansi to his mother only as a friend and recently Surya’s mother told the TV actress that they were looking for prospective brides for him. Jhansi was upset after that,” assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Panjagutta, Vijay Kumar said.
Jhansi’s mother Annapura alleged that Surya had taken Rs 10 lakh worth gold jewellery of her daughter, reports TOI. “Surya claimed the gold was mortgaged on the request of Jhansi’s family for purchase of land to build a house and ₹2 lakh cash from the mortgage was given to Jhansi’s family. Surya claimed that he also arranged an additional ₹3 lakh from a money lender,” the ACP said.
Based on the statements of the victim’s family members and friends, Surya has been booked under Sections 306 (abetment to commit suicide) and 417 (cheating) of the IPC. He was produced before the court and sent in judicial remand.
Jhansi, who hailed from Vadali village, Andhra Pradesh, shot to fame with her recent TV show, Pavithra Bandham.