Siddhartha Das, Indrani Mukerjea’s former partner and Sheena Bora’s biological father, said he is willing to travel to Mumbai and undergo a DNA test if the police take him there. Das, whose name had cropped up in the Mumbai police’s probe into Sheena’s murder, was traced to Kolkata on Tuesday. With his house thronged by journalists through the day, he refused to be photographed and covered his head with a helmet, a cap or a piece of cloth.
“I am the biological father of Sheena and Mikhail. She was born on February 11, 1987. He was born on September 9, 1988. I am ready for a DNA test. I want to help the police but I can’t afford a trip to Mumbai,” Das said.
“If Indrani killed Sheena, she should be hanged,” he added.
Das said he met Indrani in 1986 while studying at a college in Shillong. Describing his former partner as “an ambitious woman who went after money”, he clarified that he and Indrani never married but were live-in partners at the Bora residence in Guwahati. He said they lost touch in 1989 when Indrani went to Shillong and never returned. He claimed he visited the Bora residence in Guwahati a few times but returned humiliated by Indrani’s parents each time.
Claiming that Indrani left him as he was poor and unemployed at the time, Das said, “I did not have any income then… perhaps is why she left me. I tried to contact Sheena many times,” he said. He last went to the Boras’ home in Guwahati in 2000, Das said, and left his phone number with them. He claimed Sheena telephoned him just once after that. Realising that his life was far removed from that of Indrani and their children, he gradually distanced himself from them completely. He said he learned about the death of his daughter from the media.
Das and his wife Babli have been married for 17 years and live in a modest two-bedroom flat in Durganagar, near Dumdum. Babli said, “The past is past. I did not have any idea of his relationship with Indrani so I have no comment to offer. But I am standing by my husband.” A resident of Durganagar, who did not wish to be named, told Hindustan Times that Das now works for a private firm near Science City and earns about Rs 12,000 a month.
Siddhartha's wife treated for high BP, son traumatised
Siddhartha Das’s quiet life was thrown into chaos when he was traced to Durganagar, on the outskirts of Kolkata, on Tuesday. Das, who alternated between using a helmet, a cap and a piece of cloth to cover his face through the day, told journalists, “Please leave me alone. My happiness has already been shattered. I am an ordinary man and may be sacked if this ordeal continues.”
Das had to call for a doctor when his wife Babli’s blood pressure shot up during the day, and said his son was also traumatised on seeing the crowd of journalists and curious onlookers outside their home. “[Babli’s] blood pressure shot up to 210/130 (normal blood pressure is 120/80). I prescribed sedative injections and she is sleeping now," Dr N C Biswas told reporters.
Das said he was indeed the biological father of Sheena and Mikhail Bora, but emphasised repeatedly that he had no connection with Sheena’s murder, having been out of touch with his former partner and his daughter for years. “I have had no relationship with Indrani since we separated in 1989,” said Das, adding that he last spoke to his daughter over the phone in 2000.
“Please don’t ask me any personal questions, like why did I hide my past from my wife,” he added.
(Inputs from Bibhas Bhattacharyya)