MUMBAI:The Mumbai Police on Friday took possession of the car in which Sheena Bora was allegedly strangled to death, after locating it at Navi Mumbai late on Friday.
A day before Indrani Mukerjea’s police custody ended, the city police were busy preparing the ground for seeking extension of her custody. They were not yet clear whether the Opel Astra car used in kidnap of Indrani’s daughter Sheena was hired by Indrani herself or her husband Peter Mukerjea, the former CE Oof Star India. It was the same car in which Sheena’s body was allegedly transported to Pen in Raigad for disposal.
The vehicle was brought to the Santa Cruz Police Station after it was traced.
The police would produce Indrani, her driver Shyam Rai and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna before the First Class Magistrate in Bandra as their custody ends on Saturday. They called in Peter’s adopted daughter Vidhie, who is the biological daughter of Indrani and Khanna, and also inspected her laptop to get a clue on Indrani’s relations with her. Sheena’s diary has already shed light on her sour relationship with her mother.
The police have taken blood samples of Siddharth Das, Indrani’s live-in partner for three years, to match its DNA with that of the bones, believed to be of Sheena, found in the forest of Pen.
The police want to know reasons why Indrani hated Sheena and her brother Mikhail, but loved Vidhie. They believe the answer might lie in Indrani’s reported confession (see box) that she wanted to erase her troubled past that was hidden from most of the world.
A social activist from Raigad, Vaishali Patil has claimed that the police have found six unclaimed bodies at Ranjit Farm House in Pen in the last 20 years. The farm house is close to the spot where Sheena’s body was allegedly burnt.
Bollywood actor Ranjeet once owned the farm house.
The Raigad Police have maintained that then SP R D Shinde was informed about the presence of an unclaimed body, believed to be of Sheena’s, in the area.
Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal has now ordered an inquiry to find out whether Shinde erred in his duty or whether he was under pressure to go slow on the case.