Over the last three years, Mikhail Bora often asked his mother, Indrani Mukerjea, on the whereabouts of his sister, Sheena Bora. “She (Indrani) would only say that she (Sheena) was in the US. But when she refused to give me her contact details, I began to have doubts. Why would my sister not be in touch with me, I would ask myself,” he said.
“Sheena was my elder sister. I used to call her Moina… When I kept asking her (Indrani) about Moina, she would sound tough. Last year, I think in August, she asked me not to ask too many questions. It was then that I had serious doubts about Sheena’s whereabouts,” Mikhail told The Indian Express.
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“I know there is something else behind this murder. It is not about property or money. But let her admit it first. If she does not admit it, then I will speak out at the appropriate time,” said Mikhail.
“I know a lot of things which I will disclose later. I don’t want to say why I won’t disclose it now… Yes, I know Sheena had a relationship with Peter Mukerjea’s younger son. In fact it was Peter Mukerjea himself who told me about it. I told him they are both grown-ups, leave it to them,” he said.
Mikhail said he also had some photographs which he would make public at the right time. “When you see those pictures, you will understand exactly what must have happened that led to Sheena’s murder,” he said. “I strongly believe Indrani Mukerjea can commit a murder. She may have murdered Sheena herself, or may have engaged another person. But I am sure it was she who killed my sister,” he said.
Mikhail also claimed Peter Mukerjea was aware that Indrani was their mother. “He knew we were Indrani’s children,” he said.
Mikhail said he last met Sheena in January 2012. “She had come to Guwahati for a friend’s wedding and stayed here for two-three days. I drove her to the airport, from where she went to Mumbai. After that I had no contact with her. Her Facebook account was defunct from December 2011. Her phone was switched off,” he said.
“I tried to contact Indrani Mukerjea. Initially, she would not take my calls. A couple of months later, she said Sheena had gone to the US and had found a job there. When I asked for her contact details in the US, she said Sheena would not contact us till she established herself there,” said Mikhail.
“Yes, Indrani Mukerjea is my biological mother. But that is all. I have never addressed her as Maa. Now, I don’t even want to say that she was my biological mother,” he said.
Mikhail said that he and Sheena were raised by their maternal grandparents. “Sheena and I grew up together. She was born on February 28, 1989, and I was born on September 9, 1990. For me, she was the prettiest girl on earth… She was everything for me. We shared all our feelings because we grew up without parents, under the care of Koka (grandfather) and Aita (grandmother). She was an avid reader. She loved songs, and also enjoyed dancing to Bollywood music. She was a very cheerful girl despite our difficult childhood,” said Mikhail.
Their grandfather, Upendra Kumar Bora, is a small-time businessman from Tezpur, while their grandmother, Durga Rani, hails from a well-known family of North Lakhimpur. Mikhail declined to talk about their father.
“We were told that our parents had abandoned us when we were very small. It was only in 2004 that we had our first contact with our mother. We saw her picture and read about her when she became Peter Mukerjea’s wife. We sent her a letter in his address, to which she responded,” he recalled.
“In 2005, we were flown to Kolkata, where we first met her in person. We were both then in Class X. At the very first meeting, she told us that she would not be able to introduce us to her friends and acquaintances as her children. She said she would introduce us as her sister and brother. Initially, we were shocked. But when she said that she would provide us money for our education and also send money to Koka and Aita, we had to agree,” said Mikhail.
“As far as we know, the letter that the children wrote to Indrani was sent to Peter Mukerjea’s office (then Star TV). We heard that it was Peter who insisted and convinced Indrani that she should take care of the two,” said a family source.
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That was also the year that Indrani returned to Guwahati, after “disappearing” in 1991. “One fine morning, we saw Pori (Indrani’s pet name) jogging in the locality. Then began renovation of their house. One day, when the renovation was complete, they invited the entire neighbourhood for a party, but I did not go,” said a neighbour who refused to be named.
In 2008, Indrani took Sheena to Mumbai and got her admitted to St Xavier’s College. “Sheena stayed with her till she completed her BA and got a job in Reliance. But in 2011, she had a quarrel with Indrani Mukerjea, left their house and began staying on her own,” said Mikhail. Stating that he has met Peter Mukerjea twice, once in Kolkata and later in Mumbai, Mikhail added that Mukerjea had never visited their house in Guwahati.
Around that time, Mikhail worked with Lufthansa for about a year in Delhi before returning to Guwahati in 2011. He said Indrani last came to Guwahati in September 2013, when her mother fell ill. “She blamed me for their ill health… She wanted to take them to Mumbai and dump them in an old-age home. When I put my foot down, she left in a huff and stopped sending money to my grandparents,” he said.
Mikhail said they now make do with the rent they get from a part of their three-storeyed house off R G Barua Road here. A few years ago, his grandparents started a bed-and-breakfast facility, using two floors of their house. It was called Chanakya Inn. But that business did not last long.
“A couple of years ago, Mikhail came to our house and told us that Indrani was trying to get her parents’ property transferred to her name, and sought our advice. We had nothing to say because Indrani is their only daughter,” said a neighbour. Mikhail said the property is registered in the name of his grandmother, Durga Rani Bora.
According to family sources, Indrani first got married to a person from Guwahati when she was in college. That relationship did not last long. She later married a person from Shillong. But even as her husband came to stay in their house in Guwahati, Indrani “disappeared” one day.
She only returned 14 years later, as the wife of Peter Mukerjea.