The confession of Shyamwar Rai, the co-accused-turned-witness in the Sheena Bora murder case, gives a detailed account of the murder, including how Indrani Mukerjea sat on Sheena’s face after killing her.
Rai describes how Indrani came up with the plan with her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and how it was executed with the driver’s help.
Rai has, however, not attributed any role to Indrani’s husband Peter Mukerjea, who is also an accused in the case.
In his confession, which was recorded in Hindi, Rai said Indrani contacted him through her personal assistant, Kajal Sharma, in the last week of March 2012. He said Indrani spoke to him on Skype and revealed her plans to eliminate her two children – Sheena and Mikhail.
Indrani told Rai that she trusted him a lot and that he should not speak about anything to anyone. She had told Rai that she would take care of his children’s education and the medical needs of his family, according to the confession.
Indrani also offered a full-time job to Rai, before saying that she wanted to kill Sheena and Mikhail because there were lots of fights happening over property. Indrani had also said Sheena was in a relationship with Rahul Mukerjea, Peter’s son from an earlier marriage.
Indrani told Rai that he need not worry about anything and all he had to do was drive the car. Indrani had told Rai that a man from Kolkata will help out with the plan. He said that immediately after the murder, Indrani asked him to drive towards Taj Lands End, a hotel.
“Indrani madam mujhe boli hotel Taj Lands le lo aur mujhe boli thi 3 BHK flat Sheena ko mil gaya. Indrani Madam Sheena ke muh ke upar baith gaye (Indrani madam asked me to drive towards Taj Lands End. She sat on Sheena’s face and then said Sheena has got her 3BHK flat),” he has said in the confession.
The driver said that after the murder, while Indrani went to Taj Lands End, Khanna left them soon after the murder. He said that the three of them later met in Indrani’s house in Marlow building. They kept Sheena’s body in a bag and kept the bag in the garage.
Rai said that when he went to Indrani’s house along with Khanna, Indrani and Mikhail were drinking.
“Madam muze boli, Mikhail kitna daru pita hai, abhi tak behosh nahi hua. Fir, Khanna bola, Mikhail ko badme dekhte hai. Do do bodies alag alag jagah pe kaise leke jayenge? (Madam told me, how much does Mikhail drink, he still hasn’t lost his consciousness. Then Khanna said, we will see Mikhail later. How will we carry two bodies at the same time)?” said the confession.
Rai said the next morning, the three of them – he, Indrani and Khanna - left to dispose of her body and burn it in a forested area in Gagode village of Raigad district on April 24, 2012.