Indrani Mukerjea, jailed on charges of murdering her daughter Sheena Bora,, accused by jail of instigating a riot inside Byculla prison
MUMBAI,June26: Indrani Mukerjea, jailed on charges of murdering her daughter Sheena Bora, is among 200 women accused by jail officials of instigating a riot after a woman prisoner died on Friday.
Pictures from within the Byculla prison in the heart of Mumbai, show Ms Mukerjea, 44, standing on the jail’s rooftop with other inmates during their revolt. She was allegedly instigating the women prisoners, asking them to use their children as shields.
They were protesting after a woman was allegedly beaten to death by jail officials after she was caught stealing eggs. Five jail personnels- one jailers and four guards — have been accused of dereliction of duty and have been suspended.
Ms Mukerjea, the former owner of a TV channel along with husband Peter Mukerjea, was arrested in August 2015 for killing her 25-year-daughter, Sheena Bora, five years ago. At the time, Ms Mukerjea, who presented her daughter as her sister to friends, said Ms Bora had moved to the US.
It was after her driver was arrested in another case that he informed the police that Ms Bora had been killed and her corpse set on fire in a forest on the outskirts of the financial capital. Ms Mukerjea, her former husband, her current husband, and her driver have since been arrested.
Ms Bora was engaged to Rahul Mukerjea, who is Peter Mukerjea’s son from an earlier marriage. The relationship was not welcomed by her mother.
Investigators also claim that they are looking at “a financial dispute” as a motive for Ms Bora’s murder. After she was killed, Ms Mukerjea used her cellphone to impersonate her in messages to her employers and her fiance, says the police.