A young woman with a good job, an active social life, and friends in several cities suddenly vanished. How come no one sounded the alarm?
Did no one find it strange that in this age of Facebook and other social media, there was no trace of Sheena Bora, even if her mother had put it out that she was settled in the United States?
Was it just a combination of subterfuge, on her mother Indrani Mukerjea’s part, and indifference on the part of Peter Mukerjea, Sheena’s brother Mikhail Bora, and her friends and colleagues? Or was the cover-up more complicated?
Rahul Mukerjea, Peter’s son from his first marriage, who was living with Sheena had gone to the police saying she was missing. This was after he got a text message from her mobile phone, a couple of days after she had left him to meet her mother on April 24, 2012, saying she was breaking up with him. Rahul’s calls to the number went unanswered. According to sources close to the investigation, Rahul then called up Indrani who told him Sheena had gone away to the US.
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He first went to the Khar police station, which covers the area where he was living with Sheena. He then went to the Worli station, which has jurisdiction over the area where the Mukerjeas live. The Worli police called up Indrani who told them she had gone to the United States, according to sources. So what did Rahul do then? Did he talk to his father?
Peter Mukerjea told CNN-IBN that Rahul had told him there was “something fishy” about the story that Sheena had gone to the US. Peter says he had been told, and believed it too, that Indrani’s family had decided to send Sheena to the US because they were upset about her relationship with Rahul.
What about her employers? Sheena was working for Mumbai Metro One Pvt. Ltd. (MMOPL), the company that runs the Mumbai Metro, before she disappeared. An MMOPL spokesperson said, “Ms Sheena Bora had joined Mumbai Metro as an assistant manager on June 20, 2011. She took leave of absence in April 2012 and while she was on leave, she sent her written resignation.”
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So who sent this resignation and when? Did Indrani send it using Sheena’s phone and laptop to send it?
What about Mikhail Bora? Mikhail was seen on several TV channels saying that whenever he asked his mother about Sheena, she said she was in the US. So why didn’t Mikhail raise the alarm even though he had no contact with Sheena for three years, especially since he claims they were close?
Some of Mikhail’s closest friends, standing by him in his hour of crisis, said they used their relatives and contacts in Mumbai to try to locate Sheena or find out where she had gone from there.
“Our efforts came to nought, and we gave up after some time,” one of his friends, seeking anonymity, said.
Sheena’s relatives and friends have been making all kinds of claims. Some have claimed to have contacted Indrani only to be warned off. Some of them claimed Indrani told them Sheena was in the US and to leave her alone.
“We felt a mother would know best about her daughter,” one of Indrani’s uncles based in central Assam’s Tezpur town said.
What really happened? The police investigation may take some time unravelling this.
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