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.

    Read: Attempt to kill Mikhail added to charges in Sheena murder case

    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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Terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir attack merciless from the word go

  • PTI, Jammu
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  • Updated: Sep 26, 2013 21:39 IST
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    Army soldiers gather behind a small wall during an attack by militants on an Army camp at Mesar in Samba District, 20kms south-east of Jammu. ...

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    An injured policeman is rushed to a hospital for treatment, in Jammu after militants attacked a nearby army camp in Samba. (Reuters Photo)

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    J-K chief minister Omar Abdullah speaks after the terrorist attacks. He said the aim of terrorists is to derail the proposed talks between India and ...

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    Army vehicles, including tanks, on the move in the Army HQ at Samba in Jammu after the attack by militants. (ANI Photo)

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    Injured army jawans being evacuated from the attack site in Samba, Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI Photo)

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    Recon choppers flying over Army HQ in Samba after militants stormed inside, killing several army personnel. (ANI Photo)

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    Rajesh Kumar, IG, Jammu range briefing media about the attack on Hiranagar Police Station in Kathua district and the attack on the Army camp in ...

The militants were merciless from the word go, say the two drivers ordered at gun point by the three Jammu attack terrorists to ferry them at dawn today after the men sneaked from across the Indo-Pak border.

The journey of the three terrorists aged between 16 and 19 to carry out the audacious twin terror attacks in Jammu region began from Haria Chuk nursery in village Jhandi where Roshanlal, who runs an auto rickshaw load carrier to transport vegetables, had his first brush with them.

Details of the movement of the three heavily armed terrorists were given by a police official after initial investigations.

Roshanlal told the police that three people suddenly emerged from a graveyard adjacent to the nursery and pointed a weapon to his head directing him that they be taken to an Army unit at Samba.

 The three terrorists spoke in chaste Urdu and their shoes had fresh mud stuck to it indicating that they had crossed over barely an hour before they met the driver.

Unaware what the intentions of the three men were, Roshanlal was reluctant to drive them to the Army camp for which he was beaten up.

Then suddenly one of them, who seemed to be a team leader, asked him to take them towards the national highway.

After travelling through lanes and by-lanes of the area, the three, one of whom was sitting with Roshanlal in the front, reached Hiranagar national highway.

After taking a round of the area, the terrorists spotted two policemen and enquired from Roshanlal whether there was a police station nearby.

The hapless driver ferried them to the police station but he quickly jumped out of the moving vehicle when the terrorists began loading magazines on their assault rifles.

The terrorists shot and injured Roshanlal after which they entered the police station in Hiranagar in Kathua district after killing the duty sentry Constable Shiv Kumar.

They entered the barracks where assistant sub-inspector Rattan Singh, constable Pradeep Jamwal and Rattan Chand and SPO Mukesh Kumar were present.

As soon as cops saw the terrorists, they jumped out of the barracks but the assailants kept on shooting. This resulted in the death of three of them.

The terrorists then went to the station's rooftop where they shot at another ASI Gaggu Ram and left after they presumed he was dead.

The three later came down and spotted a truck which had been seized by the police previous day.

The terrorists asked the cleaner of the truck Feroz Ahmed to drive them to the Army camp who refused prompting the trio to fire and killing him on spot. They then asked the driver Mohammed Arif to ferry them to the Army camp, who did it for the fear of his life.

Before leaving the police station, the terrorists killed one Suresh Kumar, who runs a PCO adjacent to the police station.

As they reached the Maheswar Army camp in Samba, 18 kms from the police station, the terrorists disembarked from the truck and hurled grenades at the army camp killing the sentry on the spot. A cavalry armoured unit is stationed at the camp.

The truck driver then returned to police station and informed the authorities about the daring attack.

The terrorists continued indiscriminate firing and managed to slip into the Officer's mess which was targeted leaving many officers and jawans injured.

The injured army personnel were airlifted to Satwari base hospital where Lt Col Bikramjeet Singh and Sepoy K Reddy were declared brought dead. Two sepoys who were injured in the attack later succumbed to their injuries.

Col Uthaiah, the commanding officer(CO) of the unit, was also injured and he has been admitted to the ICU in a hospital in Pathankot, an army official said in Delhi.


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