The bodyguard of a Kolkata-based businessman, who was on Thursday picked up by the Mumbai Police in connection to Sheena Bora’s murder, on Sunday denied that he knew media baron Peter Mukherjea and his wife Indrani — the deceased’s mother, who is the main accused in the case.
Sujit Sarkar, who runs a security business, was picked up from businessman Abhijit Sen’s Queen’s Park residence in South Kolkata and was questioned on Friday at Mumbai’s Khar police station. Late Saturday, he returned to his Beleghata residence in Kolkata. Sen is reportedly a friend of Peter Mukerjea.
On Saturday, the Mumbai Police had told a local court that the plot to kill Sheena’s brother Mekhail Bora was hatched by Indrani and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna in Kolkata in 2012. Sheena is alleged to have been killed by the two the same year. The application filed by the Khar police station stated that preparations were made by Indrani and Khanna to kill Mekhail in Kolkata. Investigations had to be carried out in Kolkata as a result, police said.
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Sources said the Mumbai Police was also trying to find out if there was anyone else in the car used in the crime apart from Indrani, Khanna and driver Shayamvar Rai.
“I don’t know Indrani or Peter and have never met them. If I was guilty, would they (police) have let me go? They asked me a lot of questions and were satisfied with my replies. I have been instructed not to give out details of the questions or answers to the media,” Sarkar told mediapersons on Sunday from his balcony.
Claiming that he had no idea how his name came up during the course of investigation, Sarkar said: “I have been working for a top industrialist for the last 8 to 9 years, who might have known these people (Peter and Indrani). Thus, I could have been summoned.” He added that he had spoken to his employer after he was summoned. “He is out of the country and will return soon,” Sarkar said.
“The police did not tell me if I will be questioned again. But if they do call me, I will cooperate because I feel it is my duty,” he added.
Sources said Sarkar’s wife had received a text message on Thursday afternoon from her husband saying he was being taken to the airport. When he did not return in 24 hours, his family went to Sen’s office on Friday evening but could not meet him. Following this, they went to the police. At Taltala police station, a general diary was recorded with Sarkar’s wife claiming that he has been taken away by Mumbai Police.
Claiming that the media was publishing erroneous reports, which were affecting his reputation, Sarkar said: “Publishing houses are printing whatever they wanted. My family is getting affected. The neighbours are looking at us with suspicious eyes and I am being subjected to a lot of social ignominy. This is why I had decided to speak to you (mediapersons) directly,” he said.