Film actress, 28, kills herself after she was ‘blackmailed by fake Indian police who accused her of taking drugs at a rave and demanded cash’
An actress committed suicide after she was harassed, threatened and extorted by two men in Mumbai, India, pretending to be police officers.
The 28-year old actress, whose identity has not been revealed, attended a rave with several of her friends at a glitzy hotel in the affluent Mumbai neighbourhood of Santacruz West on December 20.
Two men allegedly approached her during the party posing as Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officers, threatening to arrest her and the rest of their group for taking recreational drugs.
They then demanded that the actress pay several thousand pounds in bribes to settle the case.
The actress was found dead at her home in Jogeshwari, Mumbai, on December 23, after she had allegedly received multiple calls from the men harassing her for the money.
Amboli police arrested two suspects, Suraj Pardesi, 32, and Pravin Walimbe, 28, in Mumbai on Christmas Day on charges of suicide abetment, impersonating public servants, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy.
The 28-year old actress, whose identity has not yet been confirmed, attended a party with several of her friends at a glitzy hotel in the affluent Mumbai neighbourhood of Santacruz West on December 20 (stock pic of Mumbai nightlife)
‘The accused threatened to [charge] the actor and her friends in an NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) case,’ said deputy police commissioner Manjunath Singe.
‘The actor and her friends pleaded that the case be settled, after which the fake Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officers demanded cash.’
‘They continued to call and harass her following which she took the drastic step.’
A police statement said the actress was found in her apartment by officers on on Dec. 23 after they received a phone call saying a woman was threatening to take her life.
A friend of the deceased told police that the actress was suffering from extreme stress and panic after receiving calls urging her to gather money to pay off the fake officers.
The actress was found dead at her home in Jogeshwari, Mumbai, on December 23, after she had allegedly received multiple calls from the men harassing her for the money (stock pic of Mumbai)
The friend said the police officers had tried to extort the actress for 400,000 rupees, equivalent to around £3,990), but later said they would settle for 200,000 rupees (£1,995).
The actress, originally from West Bengal, was living in rented accommodation and had been struggling financially after early success starring in Bhojpuri language movies.
Police are continuing their investigation into the case as they suspect the men in custody also had help from two other individuals, one of which is believed to be Asir Kazi, a friend of the deceased according to The Indian Express.
The NCB has since issued a statement clarifying that the two suspects in custody are in no way related to the organisation.