A former husband of arrested 9X media founder Indrani Mukerjea allegedly had a hand in the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, police have revealed, giving yet another twist to the sensational crime that has gripped the nation.
Police on Wednesday arrested businessman Sanjeev Khanna (50), Indrani’s former husband, in Kolkata for his alleged complicity in the murder of Sheena, who was 24 when she disappeared in 2012.
Sheena’s skeletal remains were recovered by police from Maharashtra’s Raigad district, 110 km from Mumbai.
Police arrested 43-year-old Indrani, wife of former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea, on Tuesday for allegedly killing Sheena, whom she had passed off as her sister for more than a decade.
Sheena’s relationship with Rahul, Peter Mukerjea’s son from his earlier marriage, could be a motive for the crime, police said. On Wednesday night, police quizzed Rahul in Mumbai in connection with the murder.
The complex web of lies and deceit started to unravel after Mumbai Police arrested Indrani’s driver Shyam Manav Manohar Rai, who confessed to killing Sheena along with Indrani and disposing of the body.
Indrani, the daughter of a well-known businessman of Guwahati, was married twice earlier before she tied the knot with Peter Mukerjea in 2002. Her earlier husbands include Khanna and Siddharth Das from Tripura. Das is believed to be Sheena’s biological father.
Indrani also has a son, Mikhail, who lives in Guwahati with his ailing maternal grandparents. She had passed off Mikhail as a brother.
Murder most foul
Mumbai Police commissioner Rakesh Maria told reporters that Khanna was present in the car when Indrani allegedly strangled Sheena on April 24, 2012. The body was allegedly burnt and disposed of in a forested area of Raigad.
Rai, who was Indrani’s driver for 10 years, was allegedly fired after the murder.
Rahul, who dropped off Sheena when she went to meet Indrani on the fateful day, filed a complaint with police two days after she went missing but her remains were discovered only on May 23.
Both Rahul and Mikhail have said Indrani persistently claimed Sheena was in the US for her studies and did not want to be disturbed.
Three days after the murder, Rahul is said to have received text messages from Sheena’s mobile number that stated she was breaking off the relationship.
Officials, requesting anonymity, said Rahul and Sheena were seeing each other for more than a year, an affair which Indrani did not approve of.
Police said they will re-create the crime allegedly executed by Indrani and her driver on April 23, 2012.
The reason for this, officials said, is that investigators will get a wider angle about the events that transpired when the heinous crime was committed.
Sheena’s brother Mikhail told media in Guwahati he and his sibling were born out of wedlock but declined to reveal the identity of their father. He further said he had no doubt “Indrani killed my sister Sheena”.
A team of Mumbai police is likely to reach Guwahati on Thursday to question Mikhail and hunt for other clues related to the crime.
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