Sheena Bora murder case: Raigad cops face the heat

Probe ordered into conduct of officers posted at Varsai and Pen police stations in 2012

On Saturday, Maharashtra DGP Sanjeev Dayal ordered a probe against the Raigad police for inaction in the case.

The spot near Gagode Budruk Khindi Village in Pen, Raigad, where Sheena Bora’s body wad found in 2012. On Friday, Mumbai police dug up the spot again and found her buried remains
The spot near Gagode Budruk Khindi Village in Pen, Raigad, where Sheena Bora’s body wad found in 2012. On Friday, Mumbai police dug up the spot again and found her buried remains

On May 23, 2012, police officers from the local Varsai police station, and later the Pen Police Station, were informed by a local, Ganesh Dhene about a decomposing body he had found at Gagode Budruk Khindi Village in Pen, Raigad. The body was buried at the same spot in the presence of cops later the same day. Doctors conducted a panchnama and sent samples to Mumbai’s JJ Hospital on May 25, 2012. However, while a station diary at the Pen police station has a mention of this, no FIR or Accidental Death Report (ADR) was registered at either of the police stations, as is protocol. Mid-Day was the first to report these lapses in its Thursday edition.

From top IPS officers, down to the constables, all those posted at Varsai and Pen in 2012 will be questioned in this regard. Among those who were then posted at Raigad are Senior Police Inspector Suresh Mirghe of Pen Police Station (currently not posted in Raigad district), Deputy SP Chauhan (currently not posted in Raigad district) and Superintendent of Police (SP) RD Shinde, who is currently posted in Mumbai as Additional Commissioner of the Central Region. PSIs and constables who were at the time posted at Pen and Varsai police stations have all been transferred within the Raigad district.

The current SP of Raigad District, Mohammad Suez Haque, agreed that it is questionable that no FIR or ADR was registered in the case.

He added that after samples were sent to JJ Hospital’s Department of Anatomy, no further action was taken. “Later, the cops forgot about the incident and no further inquiry was made. The case was closed there,” he said.

A source from Mumbai Police told SUNDAY mid-day, “The actions of all the policemen involved in the case are suspicious. The body was found inside a suitcase, burnt beyond identification and severely decomposed. It was obvious that it was a murder. Yet, no FIR or ADR was registered. It is believed that they received orders from a senior to hush up the case.” Haque added, “I will look into the inquiry and submit a report as soon as possible.”

In a spot

Mid-day had, on Thursday, reported that in 2012 eight bodies were found from the spot where police recovered Sheena’s body. In these other instances too, police seem to have not bothered with paper work. Only a diary entry was made.

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