Sheena Bora murder: Indrani Mukerjea in ICU after ‘overdose of pills’ in jail

Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in Sheena Bora murder case who is currently in jail, was admitted to state-run J J Hospital here today after she complained of "uneasiness".

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 3, 2015 10:10:49 am
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Indrani Mukerjea, the media executive accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, was admitted to J J Hospital in Byculla Friday after she allegedly took an overdose of pills at the Byculla women’s prison. Doctors said her condition was serious but stable.

Indrani, who is in judicial custody, was arrested on August 25 by the Khar police. Her former driver Shyam Rai and ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna have also been arrested.

According to officials, Indrani fainted at 11 am Friday and a team of doctors from J J hospital visited the jail to check her medical condition. “After examination, they found she needed to be hospitalised and she was taken to the J J Hospital,” said Special Inspector of Police (Prisons) Bipin Kumar Singh.

Dr T P Lahane, dean of J J Hospital, said, “She was brought to the hospital in an unconscious state after 2 pm. She is currently in the hospital’s intensive care unit, where her condition will be monitored for the next 24 hours. She is serious but stable. Her brain activity is normal. Her vital parameters are normal. We have so far understood that she has some sort of toxin in her body. We need forensic tests to be carried out before confirming what made her unconscious, and we are treating her on the basis of tablet poisoning.”

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Lahane said her condition appeared to be the result of an overdose of anti-epileptic pills, and she was treated with a gastric lavage in the evening to flush the toxins out of her system. He added that an MRI scan was conducted and the reports were normal.



Official sources said Indrani had been taking anti-epilepsy pills since September 11 this year. The state government has ordered an inquiry to ascertain how she got access to the pills.

“The Inspector General of Police (Prisons) will conduct an inquiry to find out if there were any lapses on the part of prison authorities. Drugs are supposed to be monitored in prisons. I have been told by doctors that she was prescribed two tablets for depression and was also being treated by psychiatrists at J J Hospital. Her vital organs are normal and her condition is stable,” said Dr Vijay Satbir Singh, Principal Secretary, Appeals and Security.

A jail official who did not wish to be named said that as per procedure, the prison doctor is supposed to hand over pills, which are not meant to be taken in high quantities, to prisoners.

“Under normal circumstances, the inmate is just given a pill when she needs to take it. The rest of the stock should not be given to her, especially when it comes to pills that an inmate can use to commit suicide,” said the official.

Sources, however, told The Indian Express that at Byculla prison, tablet prescriptions are sometimes given by the inmate’s personal doctor, who give them doses that can last them a week or 10 days.

An official from the state forensic laboratory said that while the police have not contacted them so far, they could send them samples to find out specifically what was consumed by Indrani.

Indrani’s lawyer, advocate Gunjan Mangla, said she was “not aware” of any pills being prescribed to her. Mangla said she would meet Indrani Saturday and decide the course of action.

An official of the CBI, which took over the case recently, said, “In due course, we will seek a report from J J Hospital on what was the medication prescribed and what was the finding at the time of admission.”

Security outside J J Hospital was stepped up Friday night, with policemen guarding the gate and screening visitors before letting them inside.

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