Sheena Bora murder: 'Red tape' prevented Rahul from filing FIR

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 30, 2015 09:42 IST
A file photo of Rahul Mukerjea and Sheena Bora. (PTI Photo)

After Sheena Bora disappeared on April 24, 2012, her boyfriend Rahul Mukerjea went to two police stations to register a missing-person complaint but was unable to do so. Rahul, who was also Sheena’s step-brother, first approached the Worli police. But when he told officers that he lived with Sheena in Andheri (East), they sent him to the police station there, according to a source.

Rahul then went to MIDC police station in Andheri (E), but again no case was registered. A police source said this was because Rahul, having studied in the UK, was unfamiliar with the inevitable hassle and red tape involved in dealing with the government and police in India. The sources added that the “crude” manner in which police officials spoke also put him off.

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When Rahul asked Indrani where Sheena was, she told him that her daughter had gone to the US and did not want to be in a relationship with him anymore. When he asked her how Sheena had travelled to the US without her passport, which was with him, Indrani had told him she’d had another passport made. He subsequently moved to Dehradun to live with his mother Shabnam.

Rahul, who has been giving his statement over the past two days, has told the police that he received a break-up SMS from Sheena’s phone on April 24, 2012 – the day she was murdered. The police suspect it was Indrani who sent this message from Sheena’s phone.

Rahul is a key witness in the case against Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamwar Rai, who allegedly murdered Sheena.

Rahul and Sheena lived together in Mumbai from 2009 to 2012, during which time Rahul was unemployed. They moved to Andheri (E) in 2011.


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