A police inspector in Maharashtra has claimed that he was stopped by his senior from filing a case when the skeletal remains of Sheena Bora were discovered three years ago, sources said Thursday.
Sources told Hindustan Times that inspector Subhash Mirge, who was then posted at the Pen police station, alleged that he was asked not to file an FIR by RD Shinde, the superintendent of police of Raigad district at that time.
The forests of Raigad where Bora's remains were found comes under the jurisdiction of the Pen police station. Mirge is now posted at Pune.
The inspector's statement was recorded as part of a departmental inquiry which found lapses by the Pen police station in failing to register an offence when the remains were found in May 2012.
The report, submitted by Suvez Haq, SP, Raigad, to the director general of police (DGP) late last week, found Mirge and deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Suresh Chavan guilty of ‘failing to discharge their duty’.
Mirge’s allegation could not be verified as the scope of the inquiry was limited to officials of the rank of DySP. So, the decision to question Shinde should be taken by the DGP, the report suggested.
The inquiry was ordered by DGP Sanjeev Dayal on August 28. When asked what action will be recommended against those implicated in the report, Dayal refused to comment.
“There are many more important things happening. I cannot comment on the Sheena Bora case,” he said.
24-year-old Sheena Bora was allegedly murdered by her mother Indrani Mukerjea and her two accomplices in April 2012 and the body dumped in the forests of Raigad.
The report says that on May 23, 2012, PI Mirge, police sub-inspector (PSI) Sandeep Dhande and other officials from the police station had gone to the spot near Gogade Khurd village, in Raigad, where a decomposed body was found in a burnt suitcase in the ravines.
The spot inquest panchnama was filed along with a draft panchnama. It was done before Chavan reached the spot.This meant, the policemen knew it was a fit case for registering a murder FIR as per section 154 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure), the report said.
Chavan then inspected the spot and went through the reports. Mirge, the report said, immediately called Shinde, informing him about the discovery. He allegedly told the SP that the nearby bushes were burnt too.
Mirge then allegedly told Dhande and Chavan that the SP told him there was no need to register an offence or accidental death report.
Chavan believed what Mirge told him, the report stated. Some articles from the spot were sealed, while others were buried near the spot.
Mirge then made a station diary entry and also prepared a draft FIR, before sending the ‘muddemaal’ (seized articles including the skeletal remains) to the JJ Hospital as well as the Forensic Science Laboratory at Kalina for analysis on May 25.
Last month, the Mumbai police sent the remains to a lab for DNA tests and found that the person murdered was Indrani Mukerjea's daughter.