The three likely murder motives behind Sheena Bora's death.
On a day of sensational twists and turns, a web of lies and
intriguing relationships emerged in the Sheena Bora murder case in which
a former husband of accused Indrani Mukerjea was arrested on Wednesday
as it came to light that the deceased was her daughter and not sister.
motive of the murder still remains a mystery though Indrani's son
Mikhail claimed he knew the real reason but would not disclose it.
Police also claimed that former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea's wife
Indrani was present at the site in Raigad district where Sheena was
killed in 2012.
the investigation beyond the state, Mumbai police arrested former
husband of Indrani, Sanjeev Khanna, in connection with the case in
Kolkata. Sheena is stated to be Indrani's daughter from an earlier
marriage with one Siddharth Das.
a resident of Hastings Road area in Kolkata, was arrested from his
friend's flat in Alipore for his alleged involvement in the murder,
Kolkata Police Joint CP (Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said.
Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria told reporters here that the murder was
by strangulation followed by burning of the body by petrol. The murder
took place on 24 April 2012 and the body was found by Raigad police on
May 23, he said. Maria also said that Khanna is an accused in the case.
shocked Peter Mukerjea said he had believed that the deceased was
Indrani's sister and not her daughter while Mikhail said Sheena was the
daughter and not the sister of Indrani.
"I have no doubt my
mother Indrani killed my sister Sheena Bora," he said, claiming to know
the "exact reason" but would not reveal it until his mother confesses to
it. His statement came amid reports that Sheena and Peter's son Rahul
through his earlier marriage had been dating each other and Indrani was
opposed to it.
claims came to light that Indrani had introduced her daughter and son
to people as sister and brother. After the murder, she is also said to
have claimed that Sheena had gone to the US for higher studies. Indrani
was arrested by Khar Police last night over her alleged role in the
murder of Sheena in 2012.
Peter said he would cooperate with
investigators in the probe. "I have never experienced anything like this
before. The news I am getting, the kind of crime that has been
committed, I would have never expected.
information, police need, I am happy to help them with that. I would be
absolutely clear and straight with them and cooperate," he said. "I
don't understand at all with regard to my wife.
Sheena Bora is her
sister, I believed all these years, and now I am being told that she
was her daughter. Whom I thought was her brother, is now her son from an
earlier marriage, which I was not aware of. I was aware of one marriage
and not so many others. So, now there are number of things that are
appearing to me which are completely new to me," he said. .
Indrani Mukerjea's former husband arrested
police officer, who is privy to the probe, told PTI on condition of
anonymity that "The driver of Indrani has told police that it was
Indrani who killed Sheena and was present at the murder spot."
however, said it was still not clear whether the plan was to kill
Sheena, 24, in Raigad or any other place. According to Maria, on August
21, Khar police had arrested Indrani's driver in connection with an Arms
Act case, adding he confessed to the murder and was taken to the murder
police also summoned Peter's brother Gautam Mukerjea. After her arrest
yesterday, Indrani was produced before Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate
court, which remanded her in police custody till August 31.
was kidnapped from outside the National College in western suburbs. She
came here from Assam in 1990s along with Indrani and completed BA
Economics from St Xavier's College. In 2011, she got a job with Reliance
Mumbai Metro but suddenly stopped coming to duty, police said. In the
same year, her Facebook account was deactivated.
unearthed remains of a decomposed body three years ago after villagers
at Gagode in Pen tehsil complained of foul odour emanating from the
area. Peter said he was unaware that Sheena went missing.
disappearance) is something I am finding out now. I was told that
Sheena has gone to the US. I am not on Facebook, but I was shown these
pictures of Los Angeles or wherever she was. I didn't have her contact
number. My son had told me 'see, something is not right', but I said her
parents may not be happy with it, so she might have moved to the US,
that I told him. He (Peter's son) didn't talk to me then."
in Guwahati, Mikhail said he had not heard from his sister since
February 2012 and whenever he inquired about her with his mother she
used to say Sheena was in the US.
"There was no contact till 2015.
Till yesterday, I did not have any clue... where she was. There was no
contact. Till last September, she, Indrani Mukerjea, came here. Then
also I asked her... where is my sister... And only yesterday I came to
know, from news channels that she has passed away... murder case..."
Mikhail said Sheena had gone to Mumbai alone since she was doing a job there.
a question about Indrani claiming that Sheena was her sister, he said
"I have nothing to state. Because a son to a mother, a daughter to a
mother, it can be biologically proved. I don't have to say anything
about that. Because she is my mom, after all. And she has given me
birth. I don't have to prove that. A DNA report can easily prove that."
the arrest of his mother and subsequent turns in the case, he said, "I
want justice, that's it. Because she is my elder sister. And I know some
girl can't be murdered like that. Without any reason.
Asked if he
was aware of tussle between her and Indrani, he said, "Many times
actually, since a long time actually. But I don't want to say anything
clearly right now because I want to see the reaction of the police, how
they react and what is the outcome. She is in custody. After that, what
report comes, I will decide what to do, the next step, what I have to