A day after Siddhartha Das, Indrani Mukerjea’s former live-in partner, found himself thrust into the media glare after he was traced to his home in Kolkata, he spoke to HT about why he decided – reluctantly – to tell his side of the story. “After the news surfaced, I knew that sooner or later I would have to tell my story. The pressure on me was mounting,” he said.
“There were absurd reports and speculation that I had fled to Bangladesh after news of the murder broke. Why should I flee? Am I a criminal?” he added.
A day after reports emerged that he was in hiding and may have fled to Bangladesh, Das came out in public adding to the array of twists and turns that have emerged since Indrani -- wife of former media honcho Peter Mukherjea -- was arrested by the Mumbai Police on August 25 for the murder of her daughter Sheena.
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Das lives with Babli, his wife of 17 years, and their son in Durganagar on the outskirts of Kolkata and works for a private firm near Science City. After a day of chaos, during which Babli had to be treated for high blood pressure and their son was left “traumatised”, the family made the most of Das’s day off, thanks to the nationwide strike called by trade unions on Wednesday.
“I virtually went without food on Tuesday as I had to run around the city to speak to the media. But today all of three of us sat down for a relaxed, unhurried breakfast and lunch," Das said.
Das also told HT that despite the trauma and exhaustion, he felt relieved after speaking to the media on Tuesday, but quickly added that he was not willing to speak to the media about his past and Sheena’s murder again.
“Some journalists have been waiting outside my house since 6am even today. But I am just not going to open my door to them. I am waiting for the police to speak to me. I will feel even lighter if the Mumbai police come and record my statement,” Das said.