Post convict's death, Indrani Mukherjea among 200 booked for jail rioting


A day after the women inmates of Byculla women prison ran amok to protest against the murder of a 31-year-old convict, Manjula Shetye, former HR consultant and Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea, along with 200 women inmates, has been booked for rioting and criminal conspiracy. The 44-year-old former media executive was among almost 200 inmates of the Byculla Jail booked by Nagpada police for rioting and other offences after they staged a protest over the death of a convict, Manju Govind Shette.

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Subsequently, six jail staffers were placed under suspension and yesterday police registered a case under IPC section 302 (punishment for murder) against them.

The inmates alleged that Shette was mercilessly beaten up by a woman prison official which led to her death. Due to this, there was a commotion among inmates.

However, investigators noted a possibility that Shetye might have been targeted because of her repeated complaints against the confined and stark living conditions in the overcrowded jail. Pictures from within the Byculla Jail, in the heart of Mumbai, show Ms Mukerjea, 44, standing on the jail's rooftop with other inmates during their revolt.

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Hindustan Times while quoting BK Upadhyay, additional director general of prisons, said that Inspector general of prisons, Rajwardhan Sinha will conduct a departmental inquiry into the incident.

Mukerjea instigated the inmates to use children to shield themselves from jail officials, according to ANI.

Indrani, her husband and former media baron Peter Mukerjea and ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna have been accused of murdering her daughter Sheena Bora, whom she had passed off as her sister for several years.

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.