Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the murder of her firstborn child Sheena Bora, briefly fainted in court on Sunday while younger daughter Vidhie wept as the magistrate allowed them to meet on the court premises.

    Besides allowing the emotional meeting, the court extended till September 5 the police custody of INX media co-founder Indrani and her two accomplices — Kolkata-based former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai — who were arrested this August for the gruesome murder of Sheena three years ago.

    Police pressed against Indrani the additional charge of attempting to kill Sheena’s sibling, Guwahati-based Mikhail Bora, following his allegation that their mother gave him a spiked drink on the day of the murder.

    Indrani, the wife of former media baron Peter Mukerjea, briefly fainted in the Bandra courtroom as the public prosecutor argued that their custody be further extended.

    The public prosecutor said investigators suspect the involvement of some others outside Maharashtra in the 2012 murder and so more interrogation of the accused trio was required.

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    Police still chased the motive behind Sheena’s murder and were trying to ascertain where the accused dumped the 24-year-old victim’s clothes, mobile phone and other belongings after the killing.

    Khanna’s lawyer argued that police were only awaiting the reports of the forensic tests and there was no need to extend his police custody. He could be sent to judicial custody instead.

    Indrani’s lawyers that alleged police were using pressure tactics such as manhandling her in custody to force a confession from her.

    Her lawyers wondered if there was anything more to ask since she had been interrogated for around 90 hours following her arrest on August 25. But investigators have contended that she and the other two accused have clammed up and not cooperating with the investigation.

    Indrani is accused of strangling Sheena in a car with the help of Khanna and the driver. Her body was later set on fire and buried in a forest in Raigad district on April 24, 2012.

    Police have found some of the skeletal remains after the driver, who was arrested on August 21 for keeping an unlicenced firearm, took officers to the secret burial site.

    (With inputs from agencies)

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Indian Navy comes ashore at the St George’s Park

  • Subhash Rajta, Hindustan Times, Port Elizabeth
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  • Updated: Sep 20, 2010 00:42 IST

The army that people are used to seeing at cricket grounds, is usually of the Barmy kind, the famous travelling supporters of the England team. On Saturday, however, spectators at the St George’s Park had the real deal — members of the armed forces in their midst, enjoying the match, not providing security.

Around 1,000 personnel from the Indian Navy stormed the historic stadium and mingled with the gregarious local crowd, turning the already joyous stadium atmosphere into one wild party.

“The four warships of the Indian Navy are on a goodwill tour to South Africa along with a few other countries.

The Indian High Commission asked us whether we would like to see the matches, and we jumped at the opportunity,” said a 20-year-old sailor, before training back his camera at the cheerleaders.

The young sailors fell in sync with the local crowd from the moment they entered the stadium. Dressed in neat black suits, they made the atmosphere even more vibrant as they sang and danced with other spectators through two matches on the trot.

“We are out at sea for about 300 days in a year. So, it’s next to impossible to catch some live action back home. Even if we find time, tickets aren’t available most of the time. So, it’s great fun to get to see cricket match in such an environment,” said another from the group, taking a big swig from his overflowing beer mug.

Even as most of them kept to the stands enjoying the game, a few of the more adventurous slipped to the back of the stands, and had photographs taken with local beauties and were rewarded with some bear hugs. The more shy ones stuck to exchanging notes on food and weather with the locals.

“The boys have been out in the sea for long, ya,” quipped a local journalist. One couldn’t help but agree quietly with him.


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