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

Mar 04, 2014, 18:56 IST | Shiva Devnath

Pramod Thomre, a local porter rounded up by Kurla GRP after Esther Anuhya disappeared on January 5, turns out to be the saviour for Mumbai cops, who were struggling to crack the case since two months

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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