Raigad: Days after police here in Maharashtra admitted that no case was registered by them after the remains suspected to be of Sheena Bora were found from the murder site in forests near Pen in 2012, a report on Thursday said that a probe has revealed that the police were in the process of filing an FIR, until a senior cop interfered.
As per an inquiry, which was initiated into the alleged negligence of the Raigad police in the Sheena Bora murder case, a senior cop had asked his junior to tear off the FIR, reports a daily.
Mid-day says Suresh Mirage, who was the senior inspector in charge of Pen police station at that time, had stated in the station diary that the probe in the matter was being overseen by a senior official. However, the same senior official had later instructed the Pen police to not take any action after discovering Sheena’s body. He even tore the FIR out before it could be registered completely, said the daily.
Besides mirage, the other cops who are being probed in the inquiry are - Pradeep Chavan (the then sub-divisional police officer of Pen), Sandep Dhande (the then sub-inspector) and Raosaheb Shinde, [the then superintendent of police (Raigad) and is now additional commissioner of police, Central region, Mumbai].
Raigad Superintendent of Police Mohammed Suvez Haque is conducting the inquiry into the lapse.
Shockingly, no crime offence, an accidental death report or a first information report (FIR) was lodged by the concerned police officials then.
On May 23, 2012, a local mango-seller had noticed a partially burnt human carcass and had informed the Pen police outpost.
A team of police officials and a doctor had visited the site and conducted a spot autopsy and collected samples of some portions of the body remnants.
These were later sent to Sir JJ Hospital in Mumbai for further analysis after a couple of days. Later, no report was received and no report was sought by police about that.
Police had carried out a 'panchnama' (initial observation) of the body and the inquest at the murder site and recorded statements of witnesses and made a diary entry, but no other subsequent procedures were followed.
Sheena Bora was killed on April 24, 2012 and her remains were discovered near the Pen forests on May 23, 2012.
Sheena's mother Indrani Mukherjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai have been arrested in connection with the murder.