The Juhu police Monday evening arrested Sooraj Pancholi, son of actors Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, for allegedly abetting the suicide of actor Jiah Khan. The arrest came after her mother, Rabiya Amin, submitted a six-page letter, purportedly written by Jiah, detailing the ‘difficult
relationship’ between Jiah and Sooraj.
Jiah, 25, hanged herself from a ceiling fan at her Juhu apartment on June 3. The last conversation Jiah had was with Sooraj at 10.53 pm that day. Juhu police had recorded Sooraj’s statement on June 4.
Rabiya said the family found the letter in Jiah’s wallet in her room two days after she died. The letter states that Jiah was beaten up and forced to abort.
‘The arrest is based on Rabiya’s complaint and her statement,’ said Cherring Dorje, DCP (Zone 9). He added that the letter would be treated as evidence, though there was no mention of the name ‘Sooraj’ anywhere in the letter.
The police initially detained Sooraj for over 90 minutes and questioned him over the contents of the letter. ‘He has admitted to the abortion and confessed that he hurt her physically. We arrested him after questioning,’ said an officer.
Sooraj said he had been avoiding Jiah for over two months, but could not after a point as she was very emotional, an officer said. Rabiya on Monday told the police that Sooraj had physically and mentally tortured Jiah. She said Aditya Pancholi was against the affair, as Jiah was older than Sooraj. ‘When Jiah came to London for her birthday a few months ago, she had bruises on her face. I asked her about it and she told me she was in love with Sooraj. I called her sisters to the room and she broke down,’ said Rabiya. ‘She once told me: ‘He abuses me, hits me, doesn’t respect me and embarrasses me in front of his friends’.
-With New Age input