Mumbai: The Mumbai Police has detained the contract killer, who was hired by Indrani Mukerjea to eliminate her son Mikhail Bora.
The Times of India on Monday quoted a high-ranking bureaucrat as saying that Indrani or her associate had paid Rs 2.5 lakh to a contract killer. "Our information is that the plan failed to take off. We have detained the contract killer. He has admitted that he was hired by Indrani to eliminate Mikhail," he said.
Indrani, accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, had hired the Mumbai-based contract killer in August 2014. It was her fourth attempt to kill Mikhail, added the daily.
Notably, Guwahati-based Mikhail had earlier told police that Indrani tried to kill him thrice.
Indrani had allegedly visited Guwahati twice and tried to drug Mikhail before Sheena's murder on April 24, 2012.
Mikhail had also said that just hours before Indrani and her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna met Sheena on April 24, 2012 and took her for what would be the last drive of her life, Indrani allegedly drugged him but he managed to escape from the spot and averted becoming the second murder victim.
There were reports that Indrani had sought help of a psychiatrist to get Mikhail labelled as a mental patient, but there was no independent confirmation from police so far.
"The contract killer's statement will be recorded as early as possible and he will be interrogated by the Khar police, in the presence of Indrani and her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna," the bureaucrat said.
The sensational Sheena Bora murder case took another turn today when police seized a suitcase that was purportedly meant for packing the body of her brother, whom Indrani Mukherjea had allegedly planned to kill.
The seizure of the suitcase from residential premises of Indrani and Peter Mukerjea in Mumbai's Worli area apparently lends credence to Mikhail's claim about his mother's plan to kill him and pack his body parts but there was no police confirmation of this theory.