Sheena Bora murder was meticulously planned

Indrani Mukerjea allegedly spent nearly a month winning Sheena's confidence, even as she was planning the details of the murder.

November 24, 2015 02:40 am | Updated December 02, 2016 11:00 am IST

A file photo of Sheena Bora (left) and Indrani Mukerjea.

A file photo of Sheena Bora (left) and Indrani Mukerjea.

Investigations into the Sheena Bora murder by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have revealed how it was meticulously planned in terms of equipment and logistics as well as in terms of lowering Sheena’s defences before killing her. Sheena’s mother Indrani Mukerjea, the main accused in the murder, allegedly spent nearly a month winning her confidence with words and gestures, even as she was planning the details of the murder.

According to sources, the process of gaining Sheena’s trust began in March 2012, immediately after she wrote a long email to Indrani, protesting her threat to cut off financial aid to her as well as to her grandparents if she continued to be in a relationship with Peter’s son Rahul.

“You should have either not given birth to me or not left me with your parents. Why didn’t you take me with you? What and where have all of this left me now? All of this has left me really hurt and devastated once again. I am very happy with Rahul. Shouldn’t that be the most important thing for parents/loved ones? You did whatever gave you happiness in life. Even I deserve the same. Why are you upset because of it? I am your daughter. I have some of you in me. I will find my way through and be just fine,” Sheena’s email to Indrani, which has been mentioned in the CBI’s charge sheet, said.

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CBI officials said that instead of taking the argument further, Indrani allegedly sent a pacifying response to Sheena’s email. Officials said that from that day to April 24, the day of the murder, Indrani completely changed her behaviour towards Sheena, adopting a reconciliatory tone during their frequent conversations. She even invited Sheena for dinner in the first week of April, and after returning home that night, Sheena had a conversation with Rahul about the change in Indrani’s behaviour, said CBI officials.

Indrani was simultaneously in touch with her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai, both of whom are now arrested, and plotting the murder. She allegedly convinced Khanna to go along with the murder using the financial welfare of Vidhie, Khanna and Indrani’s daughter, as a selling point, saying that with Sheena gone, Vidhie would get a larger part of Peter’s property, whereas if Sheena lived, she might benefit as she was engaged to Rahul, said sources.

“Even on the day of the murder, when Sheena met Indrani in Bandra, she greeted her with a hug and took her shopping,” said an officer.

Shortly thereafter, Indrani allegedly offered her water mixed with liquor and sedatives to drink. After it started taking effect, Khanna and Rai allegedly strangled her and later disposed of her body in Pen, Raigad, officials said.

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