and Siddardha met and how their love blossomed
consists of her mother Sarojini Devi, who is working as a teacher
and a younger brother Babu, who is studying 10th class.
and Siddardha Reddy were classmates in Intermediate when they studied
at Gowtamy Residential College in Sanjeev Reddy Nagar in Hyderabad.
Later on, they became good friends and then turned into lovers.
Pratyusha broke the news of their love to her mother (Sarojini Devi)
nine months back. As usual, Sarojini Devi was upset as Siddardha
Reddy belongs to different caste and social status. Sarojini Devi
rejected their love and tried to dissuade Pratyusha from continuing
her love. She even locked Pratyusha up in a room to stop her from
meeting Siddardha. Sarojini Devi realised that Pratysha is a major
and she might marry Siddardha without telling her. Hence Sarojini
Devi accepted their love.
too visits Pratyusha house once a while. After intermediate, Siddardha
procured a seat in Vasavi Engineering College in Hyderabad. He is
currently doing his final year. He told about his love to his parents
about a month back and they started pressuring Siddardha Reddy to
discontinue his love with Pratyusha. Siddardha Reddy's parents made
him appear for GRE and TOEFL so that he can go to USA to do MS.
Reddy is going to USA for a couple of years, he must have felt insecure
about his relationship with Pratyusha. Hence he wanted to marry
Pratyusha before he departs for USA. But his parents flatly refused
the relationship. Siddardha Reddy used to call up Pratyusha on regular
basis and used cry over phone that his parents are not agreeing
for their marriage.
on that fateful day of 23rd February 2002
called up Pratysha on the evening of 23rd Feabruary 2002 and cried
again that their parents are not accepting for the marriage. Pratysha
was supposed to go to Bangalore by 8:30 am flight on 24th February
to participate in a Kannada film shooting. After that shoot is over,
she would move to Tamil Nadu for another shoot and she would be
back only after 25 days. Pratyusha's makeup man, assistant and hairdresser
left to Bangalore by the evening bus on 23rd February.
along with her elder cousin sister Siri, went to the Ferry's beauty
parlor, which is located in Amrutha Mall (Panjagutta) for eyebrow
cutting and facials. As Pratyusha wont be back for the next 25 days,
Siddardha came to Amrutha Mall to meet Pratyusha and called her
on mobile that he was waiting outside. Pratyusha sent Siri to give
him a message that she would be done with her beauty parlor work
with in 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, Pratyusha came out and the
lovers met each other and cried. Siri consoled both of them that
everything would be fine.
Pratysha told Siri that she is going out along with Siddu and would
be back after 10 minutes and asked her to wait there itself. Siri
waited for 20 minutes and then called up Pratusha. Pratyusha told
that she got a call from the director Teja to go and meet him at
his office. Pratyusha asked Siri to wait at Midway (Panjagutta food
joint) so that Pratyusha and Siri would go to Teja's office. Siri
went to midway and waited for half an hour out there. She called
up Pratyusha again asked where she was. Pratyusha told Siri that
she is on her way to Midway and she would be there in 10 minutes.
Siri waited for more than an hour and then went directly to the
house of Pratysha.
Siri came home, she saw a couple of police constables standing at
the door. They told her that Pratyusha was admitted in Care Hospital
for consuming poison. They also enquired if Pratysha had any argument
in her house with anyone.
Devi got a call from Care Hospital at 8:30 pm that Pratysha was
admitted in ICU. She immediately called the mobitel of Siddardha,
which was picked up by one of his friends. He told that both Siddardha
and Pratyusha were admitted in hospital and he does not have any
more information. Sarojini Devi reached hospital by 9:15 pm. She
was not allowed to meet Pratusha for 45 minutes. Later on she went
in ICU and saw Pratusha, whose face was covered by oxygen mask.
Sarojini Devi was not allowed further. She came out and kept on
weeping. After half an hour, the hospital authorities came and gave
Sarojini Devi three rings and a watch of Pratyusha and asked her
to sign on a receipt that she received those articles from the hospital
management. Again at 11 pm, they made Sarojini Devi to sign on some
relatives were given a room (Room no 218) on the second floor itself.
All the Siddardha relatives were allowed to visit Siddardha as Sarojini
Devi was not allowed to meet her daughter. Sarojini Devi, Siri and
her brother slept on the floor at 3 am that night. At 6:30 am, Sarojini
enquired again about the status of Pratyusha. Doctors told that
her BP was normal. Sarojini Devi wanted to go home and perform Pooja.
She asked Siri if she wants an extra dress. Siri said yes.
Devi returned to hospital by 11:30 am on 24th February. The security
person asked Sarojini Devi to meet the doctor. The doctor told Sarojini
Devi that it was all over. He also told that he would confirm the
news of death in about 10 minutes. At that time, the hospital people
asked Sarojini if she had a spare dress so that they can change
the hospital dress given to Pratyusha. Sarojini Devi gave the chudidar,
which she got for Siri to hospital people. They performed all other
formalities and handed over the dead body to Sarojini Devi by 3
pm. Sarojini Devi observed the marks on nails on her face.
poison consumed patients have no chances of dyeing if were brought
back to consciousness. Pratyusha was in her consciousness when Sarojini
saw her at 10 pm on 23rd February. The care hospital authorities
have not handed over the dress of Pratyusha to Sarojini Devi. Care
hospital charged Sarijini Devi Rs 28,000 /- for the treatment they
have given to Pratyusha. Sarojini
Devi feels that it's a murder. She accuses Care hospital management
for joining hands with the family of Siddardha Reddy to hush up
the case. She feels that her daughter would have been survived if
she had gone to Teja's office that evening.
(The above account
of information is gathered from an interview given by Sarojini Devi,
the mother of Pratyusha)