Girl allegedly killed by mum for dating 'stepbrother'

Girl allegedly killed by mum for dating 'stepbrother'
Published: 2015 August 28 06:45:48 (9766 Views)
Officers in Mumbai, investigating the 2012 murder of Sheena Bora are not ruling out the "honour killing" angle after it came to light that both Peter Mukerjea and main accused Indrani allegedly disapproved of the "relationship" between his son Rahul and the victim.

The Mumbai Police have said an anonymous phone call alerted them to the fact that Ms Bora had been killed allegedly by Indrani Mukerjea, claimed to be her mother who is co-founder of media group INX and the wife of TV tycoon Peter Mukerjea.

According to police, Sheena and media baron Peter's son from an earlier marriage, Rahul, were dating for over a year which their family did not like.

"Although the motive behind the murder still remains a mystery, we are probing all the angles as we strongly suspect honour killing in this case," said a police inspector requesting anonymity.

Meanwhile, Indrani Mukerjea's former husband Sanjeev Khanna, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder on Wednesday, will be appear in a court, police said.

Sheena was kidnapped from outside the National College in western suburbs and police unearthed remains of a decomposed body three years ago after villagers at Gagode in Pen tehsil complained of foul odour emanating from the area.

According to Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, the victim was strangulated to death and her body set afire after pouring 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.

Police also claimed that the former Star India CEO's wife Indrani was present at the site in Raigad district where Sheena was killed.

As investigators dug deeper into the mystery of the death of the 24-year-old, a complex web of lies and relationships unravelled and it emerged that Sheena was Indrani's daughter and not sister as maintained earlier.

The victim is stated to be Indrani's daughter from an earlier marriage with one Siddharth Das.



Claims also came to light that 43-year-old 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 further studies.

Peter Mukerjea said he had believed that the victim was Indrani's sister and not her daughter while accused's son 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 yesterday. He claimed to know the "exact reason" but said that he would not reveal it until his mother confesses to it.

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.

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.

"Whatever help, information, police need, I am happy to help them with that. I would be absolutely clear and straight with them and cooperate," he said yesterday.

Peter said he was unaware that Sheena went missing.

"(Sheena's 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."

Indrani was arrested by Khar Police on August 25 over her alleged role in the murder of Sheena in 2012. After her arrest, she was produced before Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate court, which remanded her in police custody till August 31.

According to police, Indrani's driver has claimed that it was Indrani who killed Sheena and was present at the murder spot.

On August 21, Khar police arrested Indrani's driver in connection with an Arms Act case, adding he confessed to the murder and was taken to the murder spot.

Police havequizzed Rahul, who reportedly had been in a relationship with the deceased.



Source - TOI

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