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Inefficient investigation will lead to one more Talvar

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After watching Talvar movie and non-stop coverage on Indrani Mukerjea, I somewhere doubt these police findings and investigations. Earlier police claimed that they have evidences to prove Indrani’s crime and then the forensic reports did not support the claim. The high profile case that hit the headlines with all sorts of stories, evaporated with time. Even today, the motive of murder is yet to be established. Police has failed and the case has been transferred to CBI. The Mumbai police had initiated a probe into the twist in the Sheena Bora murder case — the forensic results of the bone samples exhumed from Pen in Raigad and the bone samples sent by the Raigad police in 2012 are not matching. Sheena’s mother Indrani Mukerjea and two others are accused of murdering her and subsequently dumping the body in the forests of Raigad.

Doctors at the BYL Nair Hospital, who conducted the forensic tests on the samples, submitted a report to the Khar police expressing the suspicion that the samples received could have got mixed up and may not belong to the victim. The Pen police station which did not register a case upon finding the remains, later suspected to be Sheena’s, sent a right humerus, two teeth, a burnt skin patch and strands of hair to JJ Hospital in 2012. However, the forensic team of Nair Hospital, which later examined these samples, found that the bone samples did not match.

CBI took over the investigations from the Mumbai Police and Indrani admitted to hospital, these events raise lots of speculations and suspicion. Police has recorded her statements of recent happenings and actual reason behind her hospitalisation. While some reports said Indrani attempted suicide others point towards drug overdose. Question here arises that, if Indrani attempted suicide (which she denies) then how this much quantity of drugs reached her? Was she under the medication, if yes then who prescribed her that drug? I am sure that doctors must be aware of the consequence of the overdose of such drug.

Mukerjea regained consciousness and was “out of danger” as she responded to the treatment. She was sent back to jail. Indrani, was all of sudden rushed to JJ hospital from Byculla jail in an unconscious condition after she allegedly took an overdose of anti-depressant pills. Indrani’s urine samples from Hinduja Hospital laboratory confirmed that level of benzodiazepine – an anti depressant – was found to be high.

She is doomed. Even before any tangible evidence comes to light, even before a court hearing, before she makes any kind of statement, she has already been judged. The case has been a bonanza for the TRP hungry news channels. The story has captured the attention and imagination of a nation. How can a woman kill her own daughter, we wonder. How depraved, how deranged, how cold blooded and calculating can a woman be! What can you expect from a woman who would selfishly abandon her young children? We allow ourselves a delicate shudder of horror, wallowing in the vicarious pleasure this incident has brought to our tepid lives.

But this is a not a soap opera. It is a real murder investigation. A life has been taken. Murders happen every day. Since the beginning of mankind, humans have been killing each other for a variety of reasons. The motive could be as banal as money or as exalted as love. We understand that. It does not make news. What is more difficult to condone is a woman killing in the name of ambition and greed. If we look at her actions through the societal lens of what a woman should be, what she should not do, Indrani Mukerjea is already guilty. Soon, the truth will be out. If she is proven to be guilty, she fully deserves punishment under the court of law. I cannot condone any murder and nor do I have any sympathy for someone who can take a human life or instigate another to do so.

Indrani Mukerjea, accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, she 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 and a team of doctors from J J hospital visited the jail to check her medical condition. J J Hospital reports confirm, she had some sort of toxins in her body. Forensic tests were carried out before confirming what made her unconscious.

Deepening the mystery over what led Indrani Mukerjea’s collapse inside the Byculla prison, relying on the Forensic Science Laboratory’s (FSL), her blood samples did not show excessively high levels of Etizolam or Mirtazapine. While Etizolam belongs to the Benzodiazepine class of drugs that are used as an anxiolytic — medication to curb anxiety — Mirtazapine is a new class of anti-depressant that is generally used for depressed patients with significant sleep problems. Indrani was reportedly prescribed Etizolam (0.5 mg) and Mirtazapine (7.5 mg).

Meanwhile, the probe underway at the Byculla jail is yet to yield any additional information. The jail authorities recorded statements of nearly 40 inmates lodged in the same barrack as Mukerjea. In addition, the statements of three prison guards, who had direct access to her along with the prison doctors, will also be recorded shortly.

Let see, how this mystery comes to an end or again some Talvar like innocents may fall victim to the inefficient investigation.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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