Mumbai: Suresh Mirghe, the then police inspector of Pen police station in Raigad, has told CBI that he had sent samples of Sheena Bora’s burn remains to the state run JJ Hospital and the Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina for examination in 2012 but did not received any reports until his transfer in 2014.
Mirghe’s statement was recorded by CBI during its investigations against Indrani Mukerjea who is accused of having killed her daughter with the help of ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai in April 2012.
Sheena (24) was burnt and dumped in a forested patch in Raigad, about 84 km from Mumbai.
Indrani and others were arrested in August this year by Mumbai police after which the case was transferred to CBI.
In May 2012, the Pen police received information that the burnt remains of a body have been found at a deserted spot on the Pen-Khopoli Road.
Pen police station inspector Suresh Mirghe along with Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Pradeep Chavan and some constables reached the spot and conducted panchnama of the spot and sent the body for post-mortem.
“I called up the Superintendent of Police R D Shinde and informed him about the body and sought instructions from him. Shinde instructed me not to register FIR immediately and first make entry in the station diary and then send the body samples for chemical and DNA examination to J J Hospital,” Mirghe told CBI in his statement.
Mirghe added that as per the SP’s instruction he went to Pen police station and made entry in the station diary. “On May 25, 2012 I sent samples from the recovered body’s thigh and hand bone, hair, teeth and skin for expert opinion. I also sought opinion on the age, sex, time of death and reason of death,” Mirghe said.
“Till my posting in Pen police station, I did not receive any report from J J Hospital. Although I did not send any further reminder to the hospital, my constable was regularly pursuing the same with authorities at the hospital. In June 2014, I was transferred from Pen police,” Mirghe said.
He added that the samples were also sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Kalina but no report was received from there too.
“I am facing enquiry as to why FIR was not registered even when a body was recovered in my jurisdiction and for the alleged lapses after recovery of the body,” Mirghe said.