The skull exhumed from Raigad has matched the facial features of Sheena Bora, according to a preliminary forensic report submitted by Nair Hospital to Mumbai Police Friday. Attributing the finding to “digital facial superimposition technique”, the police said it is supported by photographic evidence.
The investigators are now awaiting final forensic reports, including DNA profiling, to confirm the identity. “Together they will become an irrefutable piece of evidence in the court of law,” said a police officer. “Besides the skull, dental forensics and even the facial structure, including cheek bones and chin, have shown a match to Sheena’s photographic profile.”
According to the preliminary report, the skull is that of a female between 22 and 25. It also mentioned that the murder was committed about two-five years ago.
While details of the murder were still being probed, police sources said Indrani Mukerjea has allegedly told investigators that after the murder she applied lipstick on Sheena and combed her hair to make her appear alive in the journey to Raigad.
Police said Sheena was strangulated and her body was stuffed in a suitcase and kept in the boot of a rented car in Indrani’s husband Peter Mukerjea’s garage in Marlow building, Worli. Indrani and co-accused and former husband Sanjeev Khanna then allegedly made the body sit between them in the rear seat as they drove to Raigad to dispose it of. “It was here that Indrani applied lipstick and combed Sheena’s hair before resting her head on her shoulder to make it appear that she was sleeping, in case anyone stopped them at nakabandis,” said a police officer.
Police are also probing the role of Indrani’s driver Shyam Rai in the murder plot.
In another development, one of Indrani’s employees who allegedly created an email account in Sheena’s name a week after her murder has told police that her employer asked her to do it. “Indrani told her that since Sheena was facing a problem in creating an ID in USA, she should create a fresh ID and share the login details with her. The account, however, was used by Indrani to send emails to Peter, Mikhail (her brother) and Vidhie (her step-sister),” a police source claimed.
Sheena’s resignation letter and lease termination mails were sent from this account. Between 2012 and 2014, six emails were sent, two each to Peter, Mikhail and Vidhie. “All the emails said she was happy in the US. She has found a new partner and they should not try to get in touch with her,” said the source. “The IP addresses have been traced to London.”