Mikhail Bora, Indrani Mukerjea’s son from her first husband Siddhartha Das, said on Thursday he suspected his mother might have planned to kill him after allegedly murdering her daughter Sheena Bora in Maharashtra in 2012.
“When she last visited us in 2014, mother was forcing me to relocate to Kolkata along with my grandparents. She offered me a job for at least R50,000 a month, but I refused. She stormed out following an argument and stopped paying my subsistence allowance,” Mikhail said.
Kolkata is where Indrani’s second husband, businessman Sanjeev Khanna, is based.
“Now that I know baideo (elder sister Sheena) was murdered three years ago, I might have been the next victim, perhaps for usurping the property we have in Guwahati,” Mikhail said.
The two-storey house that Mikhail’s grandparents – Upendra Kumar Bora and Durga Rani Bora – own in Guwahati’s Sundarpur locality is worth at least R5 crore.
Diabetic Upendra Bora is unwell while his wife is on her deathbed, their grandson said.
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Mikhail also said he had photographic evidence and taped conversations of Indrani, her husband Peter Mukerjea, Sheena and Rahul Mukerjea (Peter’s son from an earlier marriage) which could help the Mumbai police dig deeper into their “murky world”.
Mikhail was aware of the kind of relationship Sheena had with Rahul, “which could have been one of the reasons behind her murder”.
Meanwhile, neighbours said the Boras were quite outgoing and participated in community activities as is usual in Assamese localities. But they reduced their interaction after Indrani reportedly eloped with an unidentified minister’s son while studying in a missionary school in Guwahati.
Indrani was in Class 8 then.
“We knew her as Pari, and she did have wings like a fairy,” a neighbour, wife of a retired teacher, said.
That adventure was short-lived, and the girl returned to complete her school before moving to Lady Keane College in Shillong in the 1980s. “We did not see her again until 1990 when she returned with a two-year-old Sheena and a year-old Mikhail,” another neighbour, a former make-up artist, said.
A relative said Indrani left home soon after entrusting Sheena and Mikhail to her parents. “She never returned until her marriage with Peter Mukerjea. We were in the dark about her marriage with Sanjeev Khanna in between.”
Mikhail said he had never heard of Khanna until the news of Indrani’s arrest broke.
A local vernacular daily said many of Indrani’s kin and friends were also unaware of a fourth person – a sales manager of a major garment outlet in Guwahati’s prime Fancy Bazaar area – in her life.