(A person who studied with Sheena Bora in Guwahati recalls their association during school days.)
Those of us who studied with Sheena Bora at Disneyland high school in Guwahati have been shocked by the news of her murder and the subsequent revelations involving her and her mother Indrani Mukerjea.
When we were together in the school in Khanapara area of Guwahati, we never heard Sheena talk of her mother. Even at the parent teacher association (PTA) meetings, we usually saw Sheena with her maternal grandmother.
Sheena was a normal middle-class kid like the rest of us and she lived in a middle-class neighbourhood in Sundarpur near Zoo Road. She was popular in our circle of friends.
Of course, there were whispers that Sheena’s mother had abandoned her all through the time we were together, from Class 2 to Class 10. Her brother Mikhail was in the same school but he was junior to us by a year or two and I didn’t know him.
Once, when I was invited to a Bihu get-together by a friend in 2002, I remember hearing from someone that Sheena’s mother was getting married to somebody big from Star TV. But we never got any details and never bothered to find out more.
The Sheena we knew was very good in studies, meritorious, and always taking the lead in extra-curricular activities. I still remember her dancing to the song Bhumbro Bhumbro from the film Mission Kashmir during a function in school when we were probably in Class 8.
Once a classmate of ours was rusticated from school for some reason. We were all in Class 10 at the time and the students supported the guy and revolted against the school authorities. The school authorities took the student back after the protests, which Sheena also took part in.
Sheena was also a favourite with our teachers. She was very down to earth, humble and never materialistic. So it’s hard for me to believe some of the news reports that suggest money and a dispute over property could have been the cause of her murder. I don’t think she ever ran after money.
After passing out of school, many of us kept in touch through Facebook. But since late 2011, there were no more updates by Sheena on Facebook and several friends and I wondered where she had disappeared. Sometimes, I even wondered whether she had had an accident but now we know what happened to her.
(As told to Rezaul H Laskar. The identity of Sheena's classmate is being kept private at the person's request.)