Seizure of suitcase lends credence to Mikhail’s claim

Police investigations have indicated that Sheena’s body was put in a similar suitcase and burnt after being dumped in a deserted location in Raigad.

August 31, 2015 02:53 am | Updated November 17, 2021 02:30 am IST - MUMBAI:

The Mumbai Police seized a large suitcase on Sunday, apparently lending credence to Mikhail Bora’s claim that his mother, Indrani Mukherjea, had plotted to kill him along with his sister, Sheena Bora. The police team took the accused in the Sheena murder case to certain locations in Raigad district, 140 km from Mumbai, where Sheena’s body was dumped.

“Yes, a suitcase has been seized today, but I can’t say anything more,” a senior official supervising the investigations told The Hindu . Police investigations have indicated that Sheena’s body was put in a similar suitcase and burnt after being dumped in a deserted location on Pen Khopoli Road in Raigad district in the early hours of April 25, 2012.

A Mumbai Police team on Sunday took Sanjeev Khanna and Shyamvar Rai, two of the three accused in the case, to Raigad in a bid to recreate the sequence of events on the day of the murder.

The team left here with the accused around noon and reached the Pen Khopoli highway in six hours. From there, the vehicle took a U-turn and went back towards Mumbai, skipping a visit to the spot.

In the past few days, since the custodial interrogation of the three accused began, the police have disclosed that both Khanna and Rai had “confessed” to their crime but Indrani has not and has tried to shift blame. Police sources said that it was because of this that only two of the accused were taken to Raigad on Sunday. Indrani could be taken at a later stage.

Another reason for the delay in taking her for a reconstruction of the murder is to pinpoint contradictions, if any, which appear in the versions of the three accused. An officer, however, made it clear that she would be taken to the spot, indicating that the police could seek an extension of the custody of the accused, which expires on Monday.

In May 2012, it was one Ganesh who spotted the body believed to be Sheena’s in the forest. Ganesh said only the skeleton was visible then. The samples gathered after digging the spot two days ago have been sent for medical and forensic examination to ascertain the identity.

A source said that it was now emerging that there were attempts to harm Mikhail and after it did not succeed, the accused tried to prove that he was mentally unstable.

This article has been edited for a factual error

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