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Esther Anuhya case: How a porter led cops to the killer

Pramod Thomre was among the local porters rounded up by Kurla GRP after Esther Anuhya disappeared on January 5. On seeing the CCTV grab of Esther with the accused Chandrakant Sanap, Thomre identified the former porter and helped track him down

A porter at Kurla’s Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) detained by the Kurla Government Railway Police (GRP) for questioning in connection with the Esther Anuhya murder case has turned out to be their saviour.

Pramod Thomre aka Pamya found out through his sources that Sanap stayed in Nashik and passed on the information to the police
The porter: Pramod Thomre aka Pamya found out through his sources that Sanap stayed in Nashik and passed on the information to the police

Pramod Thomre, who was grilled by cops, identified the prime murder suspect. During investigation of the case, the police had rounded up around 100 porters and local vendors for questioning.


The accused

The only clue they had was grabs from the CCTV footage showing a moustached man carrying Esther’s bag and walking in front of her.

Esther Anuhya
The victim: Esther Anuhya

Thomre also called Pamya identified the man as Chandrakant Sanap, a former porter. The Kurla GRP officials were shocked at the revelation. “I immediately recognised him; he used to work with us around six years back. Some two years ago, he sold his porter’s badge and left Mumbai.

Pramod Thomre aka Pamya conducted his own investigation to source the accused’s address in Nashik
Pramod Thomre aka Pamya conducted his own investigation to source the accused’s address in Nashik

I was in touch with him through some other colleagues and at that time, he was putting up at Kanjurmarg,” Pamya told mid-day exclusively.

Fishing him out
Realising that the crime scene and the place where Sanap stayed were close by, the police started searching for him, but failed to get leads. Pamya then started investigating on his own.

“I gathered information about him and got to know that his native place was Nashik. I immediately passed on the message to the GRP official, who assigned a special team to nab Sanap,” added Pamya.

The Kurla GRP caught Sanap six days ago, but since they didn’t have his call detail records (CDR) on the day of the crime, they let him go. Shivaji Dhumal, senior police inspector, Kurla GRP, said, “We had asked the Kanjurmarg police to give us his call records.

But when we didn’t get any response, we couldn’t arrest him. We only asked him to report to us every day.” Later, he was handed over to the Crime Branch for questioning. An officer from the Kurla GRP said, “Pamya passed on important details that helped us reach Sanap.”

>> He got info on the accused, Sanap
>> Tracked his address to Nashik
>> Says Sanap used to work as a porter, too

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13 Comments

  • anupama04-Mar-2014

    Since India is no more a safe place for women parents should escort children working outside. I would further advice mother or father to stay with the child while she is adapting herself to new surroundings. Now the parents of Anuhya are left with mourning all their lives. Had they been prudent enough to follow their child it would have been different.

  • sara05-Mar-2014

    how come her mobile phone was traced near kamathipura?????????????/ she doesnt look to take help from stranger.somethingn fishy

  • RAMANI05-Mar-2014

    Mumbai is no more safe to women. Round the clock Police patrolling should be in the city particularly in the highways where criminals carry out their crimes without fear. Parents don't send your daughters alone to avoid this type of blunders.

  • Sandy04-Mar-2014

    This still seems like a cooked up story to quickly wrap the case.....We need more evidences.......There is more to this story.....

  • George 04-Mar-2014

    The TC named Nair with whom the suspect was talking as put in earlier news should confirm whether the arrested man is the real one seen in CCTV footage then only we could be convinced that the real culprit is caught. The cops should recover her laptop then only her dad will be convinced.

  • annie04-Mar-2014

    What an innocent girl was she? Poor young girl lost her life for believing some stranger. Loosing a young daughter means it is unbearable to her parents. Hang the culprits to death.

  • anupama04-Mar-2014

    Since India is no more a safe place for women parents should escort children working outside. I would further advice mother or father to stay with the child while she is adapting herself to new surroundings. Now the parents of Anuhya are left with mourning all their lives. Had they been prudent enough to follow their child it would have been different.

  • Sameer 09-Mar-2014

    There should be something more to this story.Why a educated women will go with somebody on bike , For long duration. Also whom she was talking with that person's phone is not yet defined with proof. But we should not neglect Mumbai Police effort. Three cheers to Mumbai Police Crime Branch. Hope they will come up with rest of the story also. There in no point in Blaming police & government all the time. We (Every Citizen of India) should remain alert.

  • annie04-Mar-2014

    What an innocent girl?? Such an educated girl will not believe any stranger. Police is fishy about it. The girl is gone but the parents how will they live??? It is very difficult to bear such a great loss !!! Why all this happening very frequently in India?? Please change our Laws? I think Mumbai Police is not getting the real culprit. Such an educated girl will not go on a stranger's bike.

  • RAMANI04-Mar-2014

    Poor girl, what an innocent face. What is happening in our country ? When will such cruel acts come to end ? The porter who helped police to nap the culprit should be awarded.

  • shruthi15-Mar-2014

    HOW much trash r the mumbai cops going to dump on our heads....nothing sounds relavent.....dont IG ' s n DIG's have daughters...

  • RAMANI04-Mar-2014

    The Parents are also responsible for not ensuring her safety. They should have either accompanied with her or at least informed their relatives or friends to receive her at the station. Being educated girl, It is unbelievable she had a ride with a stranger that too at odd hours.

  • RAMANI04-Mar-2014

    Poor and innocent girl lost her for no fault of her. The porter who helped police to nap the culprit should be awarded posthomously.

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