Mumbai/Kolkata: Sheena Bora’s biological father surfaced for the first time yesterday and sought death for Indrani Mukerjea, wife of former Star India CEO Peter Mukerjea, if she had murdered Sheena.
Siddharth Das spoke to media persons in Kolkata yesterday, but chose to hide his face behind a helmet. Pic/PTI
Kolkata-based Siddharth Das, who, according to some reports, was believed to have sneaked into Bangladesh, admitted he was Sheena’s biological father though he had never married Indrani and said “she (Indrani) should be hanged” if she had committed the murder.
He said Indrani had left him in 1989 and they had not been in touch ever since. He added that he had come to know about the murder through newspapers and was ready to cooperate in the investigation. Sheena and her brother Mikhail, who lives in Guwahati, are Indrani’s children with Das.
‘I want her to be hanged, if she killed Sheena.... I am feeling very heartbroken. I never married Indrani officially. I met Indrani in college in 1986 and she left me in 1989. Maybe Indrani wasn’t satisfied with my state as I did not have a job then,” Das said in Kolkata, coming out in the open for the first time since the case hogged media headlines with the arrest of Indrani a week ago.
Das also said he was ready for a DNA test, if required, for confirming Sheena's parentage. On whether Indrani could have murdered Sheena, he said, “I believe Indrani could do this.” Investigators probing the case have said Indrani and Sanjeev allegedly placed Sheena's body on the seat of their vehicle as they drove from Mumbai to Raigad to burn and dump it to destroy evidence.
Neither Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, who has personally been involved in the interrogation, nor joint Commissioner Deven Bharti visited the Khar police station, where driver Rai and Sanjeev Khanna were present, yesterday. Indrani is at the Santacruz police station.
Inquiry into lapses begins
The inquiry into the alleged failure of Raigad Police to register an Accidental Death Report (ADR) after a burnt corpse, purportedly of Sheena Bora, was found in 2012, will consider all facets of the lapses by then police officials Raigad Superintendent of Police Mohammed Suvez Haque said yesterday. "The probe, ordered by the state DGP, has begun. A station diary entry was made, but no ADR was filed.”