Among the witness statements in the Sheena Bora murder probe are the accounts of a petrol pump attendant who recalls the only customer who came looking for 10 litres of petrol and a suitcase dealer who never forgot a hefty tip.
On August 30, police teams recovered a suitcase from a garage at Mukerjea residence which investigators claim was to be used to stuff the body of Mekhail after killing him. Another was used to dispose of Sheena’s burnt corpse. “The shopkeeper of the bag store specifically remembers Indrani because of her request for the ‘largest bag’,” claimed a police officer.
The shopkeeper is now a key witness. According to officials, the shopkeeper’s statement will be used to prove both the offences of murder and attempt to murder.
An officer claimed that the other main reason why the seller also categorically recalls Indrani is because he was able to “hoodwink her” and make a profit out of his sale. Indrani paid Rs 1,500 for a suitcase when its worth was only Rs 700, said the police.
“Indrani even gave Rs 300 as tip to the witness to carry the bag to her car. The witness says that he carried the bag on his head because it was that large. The seller whose statement was recorded two weeks ago said it was Indrani who came to his shop alone, while Rai waited in the driver’s seat of the car,” the officer said.
Officers also claim they did a scene reconstruction by making a constable of same built as Mekhail stay zipped inside the bag.
Another witness, a petrol pump attendant, has spoken of a rare demand of 10 litres of petrol from one man. Rai bought the petrol from a petrol pump on Khopoli side of the state highway, which had no surveillance cameras, according to investigators.
“The employee of that pump said he only remembered Rai because of his request for 10 litres of petrol in cans. He claims it was an unusual request by any customer till date,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, police have been able to trace some social media messages and the IP address used to send them. “For more than a year, Indrani had impersonated her daughter. We have the messages that she has exchanged with various people. If Indrani kept claiming that her daughter was in the US, we now have digital evidence to prove that the location of most of the Facebook messages were Mumbai and also the UK,” said an officer.
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