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Sheena Bora was an executive working for Mumbai Metro One. She was engaged to Rahul Mukerjea who was also her step-brother. Sheena went missing on 24th April 2012 and in August 2015 her mother, Indrani Mukerjea was arrested for her murder. Here is everything you need to know about this case.
PERSONS OF INTEREST
1. INDRANI MUKERJEA
Indrani Mukerjea (then Pori Bora) was born in Sunderpur in 1968 to Upendra Kumar Bora and Durga Rani Bora. She did her schooling from the prestigious St Marys School, Guwahati. She moved to Lady Keane College, Shillong and finished her class XII studies there. She would often visit a restaurant where she would meet Siddhartha Das, who worked in a private firm.
On returning home after completing her schooling, Indrani told her parents about Siddhartha and even said that they were married. Indranis father tried to help Siddhartha by opening a restaurant for him, but the venture never took off. Indrani was irritated and annoyed with Siddharthas jobless state and the birth of Sheena in 1987 and of Mikhail in 1988, didnt go down well with her. In 1990, Sheena moved to Kolkata, saying that she wanted to complete her studies and within 3 days after that, Siddhartha was thrown out of their Guwahati home.
In 1992, Indrani decided that with Siddhartha out of the picture, her parents would be the legal guardians of her children. So the following year an affidavit was submitted in the Kamrup Judicial Magistrate Court, giving the Boras full custody of Sheena and Mikhail.
2. PETER MUKERJEA
Peter Mukerjea was born in U.K to a doctor in 1954 and took management classes in the evening. He married Shabnam Singh in 1975 and they had two sons, Rabin and Rahul, before divorcing in 1994.
Peter worked with STAR India and got promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 1999. In 2002, he was introduced to Indrani Bora, an HR consultant 16 years younger to him. And later that year they got married. Indranis daughter from the previous marriage, Vidhie took up her step fathers name. Indrani introduced her children from the previous relationship, Sheena, and Mikhail as her younger siblings.
In January 2007, Peter resigned from STAR India and joined Indranis INX Media as the Chief Strategy Officer.
In August 2015, he was questioned about the murder of his stepdaughter, Sheena Bora and he claimed that he was in Rome at that time, giving his passport as evidence. In November 2015, he was arrested by CBI for his alleged role in the murder of Sheena and was kept in custody for 2 weeks during which he also underwent the polygraph test.
After many further investigations, the CBI filed a charge sheet against him that charged him under section 302 (murder), 120-B (conspiracy) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence)
3. RAHUL MUKERJI
Rahul was the son of Peter and Shabnam, the formers 1st wife. He was romantically involved with Sheena Bora, Indranis daughter. After Sheenas disappearance, Rahul was the one who tried to persuade the police to look into the matter. After many failed attempts he started collecting information about her life and disappearance. He recorded phone calls with Indrani and Peter about Sheena in whom they are heard desperately trying to convince him that Sheena has left him and has gone to the USA for higher studies.
These recordings have proved to be vital evidence against the couple and are under the scrutiny of the CBI. He claims that he was told by Sheena about her being Indranis daughter and about how she left them with her grandparents to make a career for herself.
Rahul and Sheena were engaged in a private ceremony and this was approved by Sheenas grandparents and Rahuls mother. They were to get married soon before the unfortunate murder of Sheena took place.
4. SHEENA BORA
Sheena Das Bora was born to Indrani Bora and Siddhartha Das in 1987 in Shillong. Indrani left her children under the care of their grandparents and herself moved to Kolkata where she studied computers.
When Sheena learned about her mother, she moved to Mumbai in 2006 and was introduced by Indrani as her younger sister. Sheena obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Xaviers College and later joined Reliance Infrastructure as a management trainee.
On 24th April 2012, Sheena took a leave off work and sent a written resignation on the same day. Rahul (Peters son from 1st marriage who was Sheenas fianc) also received a breakup SMS from Sheenas phone. Her mother said she had gone to the USA for higher studies and hence no FIR was filed.
However, Rahul suspected something and hence insisted that the police should inquire about Sheena from Indrani. But Indrani was out of India when the police came for investigation and upon returning, Indrani informed the police that Rahul was stalking Sheena and thats why she had moved to the USA.
Nobody saw Sheena after 24th April 2012.
FACTS OF THE CASE
For nearly 4 months before arresting Indrani for the murder of her daughter Sheena, the police kept a close eye on her following a tip-off by Shyam Rai. He was Indranis driver and was caught because of possession of illegal arms which he stated, was given to him by Indrani after she killed her daughter.
On 23rd May 2012, local police found a body at the crime spot. Unable to identify it, it was sent to JJ Hospital, Mumbai. The skeletal remains were not connected to Sheena and her disappearance went unnoticed for 40 months.
On 24th April 2012, Sanjay Khanna (Indranis 1st husband) landed in Mumbai and Sheena was called by her mother for dinner. Although reluctant, she agreed and was dropped by her fianc Rahul to the venue. Sheena was taken into one of the by-lanes in Bandra where she was apparently strangled and her body was stuffed in a bag and taken to Indranis house. The body was kept in the trunk and Rai was instructed to sleep in the car. On 25th April, early morning, the three drove to Pen Tehsil, Raigarh where her body was dumped and burnt.
EVIDENCE AND STATEMENTS
Although skeletal remains were found in Pen tehsil around the same time as Sheenas murder, it has still not been proved that these are remains of Sheena.
Indrani Mukerjea thus still stands by her statement that Sheena is in the USA and was not murdered. She went out of her way to make Rahul believe so too. On the other hand, Sanjay Khanna has confessed that Sheena was murdered by Indrani but also said that he was only involved in hiding the body and that he was in his hotel at the time of the murder.
Mikhail, Sheenas brother stated that he has some evidence that would prove for sure that Indrani killed her. He also said that he did try to contact Sheena many times but was ultimately warned against it by her mother, threatening to cut off the financial help she gave him.
Peter Mukerjea was arrested on the charge of murder, criminal conspiracy, and destruction of evidence. But he allegedly had no idea about the relationship of Sheena and Indrani, let alone being a part of murder conspiracy.
Rahul Mukerjea persuaded the police to take action when Sheena disappeared but nobody took notice of him. Determined, he started collecting evidence against Indrani and his father. Recordings of calls with Indrani and Peter have surfaced, proving to provide a crucial edge to the case.
Since the case has not been concluded, various theories have been finding way related to Indrani and why she killed her own daughter. None of these have any factual backing but are being taken into consideration by the CBI.
1. INDRANIS CLAIM ABOUT SHEENA BEING HER SISTER
Indrani stands by her claim that Sheena was her sister as well as her daughter. She says that she was sexually assaulted by her step dad and hence Sheena was born. She has also not budged from her statement that Sheena is in fact in the USA and is alive.
2. HONOUR KILLING: SHEENA HAD AN AFFAIR WITH INDRANIS STEP-SON
This is the main theory on which the entire case has been built. Sheena was having an affair with Peter Mukerjeas son from his first marriage Rahul Mukerjea. Sheena and Rahul were in a live-in relation and had all plans to get married. Their relationship was approved by Peters ex-wife Shabnam, and her grandparents. Peter and Shabnams second son Robin also approved of Sheena for Rahul. Indrani was unhappy with this relationship. And thats why she removed the main bone from the situation.
3. SHEENA WAS PREGNANT WITH RAHULS CHILD
If Sheena was pregnant with Rahuls child, it would also mean that they would marry. But they were step-siblings and that was something that disturbed Indrani. Since telling everyone that Sheena was her daughter would risk her relationship and her career, she took this drastic step.
4. PROPERTY DISPUTE
If Sheena did get married to Rahul, a greater share of the property would be given to her which made Indrani unhappy. So she convinced Sanjay Khanna, her ex-husband, to kill Sheena.
Sheena and her brother Mikhail Bora, who were abandoned by their mother Indrani and were taken care of my Indranis parents, were dependent on Indrani financially. Moreover, Indrani always introduced Mikhail and Sheena to everybody in her circle as her siblings, and not her children. Some say the kids couldve been blackmailing their mother to shell out money or else they would disclose their real relationship.
Mikhail also went to the extent to say that he knew the real reason of Sheenas murder but wants his mother to confess.