Sheena murder: Sanjeev Khanna played cat and mouse game before arrest

Aug 27, 2015, 10:35 IST | Shantanu Guha Ray

Kolkata: The arrest of Indrani Mukerjea’s former husband, Sanjeev Khanna, was not easy. The police had a tough time looking for him as he played the cat and mouse game, hiding at a relative’s house.

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Indrani Mukerjea’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna was arrested from Kolkata and will be brought to Mumbai for investigation. Pic/PTI
Indrani Mukerjea’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna was arrested from Kolkata and will be brought to Mumbai for investigation. Pic/PTI

When cops from Hastings Police Station near Kolkata’s plush Alipore neighbourhood raided his residence, family members argued with them for little over one hour.

Eventually, threatened with arrest, one of them told the joint police team — one from Mumbai and one from Kolkata — that Khanna was hiding at his maternal uncle’s home in Pen Road. Khanna was arrested around 3 pm on Wednesday.

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Some tips about the businessman’s possible hideout came from a few neighbours, including one Sanjeev Khemka, who said he told cops about places where Khanna would normally be seen if not at home.

“Like his family members, he argued for a little over two hours, and then eventually confessed to the crime,” Kolkata Police Joint CP (Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said in a telephonic interview.

Ghosh said the cops had also gone to Khanna’s office in Central Avenue in north Kolkata and interrogated a 65-year-old staffer, Ajoy Singh, who said he had seen Indrani visiting Khanna “a couple of times after divorce”.

Singh told the cops that Khanna rarely visited office and mostly operated from home. Ghosh said he was not in a position to offer comments about reports that Khanna had hired killers from the city.

Khanna blamed police
Alarmed that Sheena had gone missing, Rahul, Peter Mukerjea’s son, had approached a police station in Mumbai and wanted to lodge a complaint, only to be shooed away by the cops.

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During the four-hour interrogation in Kolkata, Khanna said that the police told Rahul, “Ask your mother about your missing sister.” The murder mystery might have been solved in 2012 if the Mumbai police had registered Rahul’s complaint.

Sheena murder case: Process underway to bring Sanjeev to Mumbai, says Mumbai CP

Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria on Wednesday said that all three accused in the Sheena Bora murder case are under police custody and efforts are on to bring the third accused from Kolkata to Mumbai.

'Yesterday, two accused including the woman accused was arrested in the murder case and the third accused was arrested in Kolkata today. Efforts are on to bring him back to Mumbai,' Maria told the media here.

The Mumbai Police Commissioner further said: 'On August 2, an accused was arrested in an arms case. The accused confessed his involvement in a murder case.' 'Taking the investigation further the accused took us to the place where the dead body was disposed.

Further investigation revealed that the murder was committed on 24th April 2012 and the body was found by Raigad police on 23rd May 2012,' he added. According to investigating officers, the third accused (Sanjeev Khanna) will be produced in Bandra court tomorrow.

The first accused Indrani Mukherjee was arrested yesterday from her Mumbai residence after her driver confessed that he had killed Sheena, her daughter in 2012 following his employer's orders. Indrani, who was charged of murdering her daughter and disposing off her body, will stay in police custody till August 31.


Indrani did not want to accept us as her children, says Mikhail

Guwahati: “Indrani was hesitant to accept me and my sister Sheena as her children in front of Peter Mukerjea,” said Mikhail Bora, confirming from Guwahati that he and Sheena were Indrani’s children from her first marriage.

Mikhail lives in this house in Guwahati, where he was brought up by Indrani’s parents. Pic/PTI
Mikhail lives in this house in Guwahati, where he was brought up by Indrani’s parents. Pic/PTI

“She told that she lives in a high profile society and it would give her a bad name (to acknowledge the duo as her children). So she introduced us as her siblings,” Mikhail added. Mikhail, who lives in Guwahati with his maternal grandparents, said he was certain that Indrani had murdered Sheena.

“Every time I asked my mom about Sheena, she told me that she is happily settled in the US and did not want to contact me. I did not pressurise her because she threatened to stop my pocket money,” Mikhail alleged, adding that Indrani and Sheena had a conflicted relationship.


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