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Software engineer's death: Cops find shawl, slippers, bag, but clueless about killers

In one of their trips to the spot in Bhandup where Esther Anuhya’s body was found, the police retrieved a bag full of clothes, and have sent the same for forensic testing

Policemen investigating the disappearance and brutal murder of 23-year-old software engineer Esther Anuhya have found a bag full of clothes within 200 metres from the spot where her body was found.

Citizens protest against the police and state Home Minister RR Patil over shoddy investigations. Pic/Shadab Khan
Citizens protest against the police and state Home Minister RR Patil over shoddy investigations. Pic/Shadab Khan

However, it is still not clear if the bag or the clothes in it belonged to Esther. The police have sent the bag to the Kalina Forensics Science laboratory for reports. Esther’s slippers had been retrieved from the same spot on Monday. The police have been on the hunt for the absconding accused, who raped and then killed Esther.

Since the body was recovered from the bushes at Bhandup (East), the police are suspecting the involvement of auto rickshaw or taxi drivers who are usually stationed outside the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), where Esther had dismounted from the train that brought her back to the city from her Christmas break back home. This was the first time that Esther alighted from the train at LTT — on her earlier trips back to Mumbai, she would get off at Dadar station.

However, on January 5, she alighted from the Vishakhapatnam Express at 4.34 am. Since it was still dark, she is said to have waited at the terminus till daybreak. An officer investigating the case said, “The safety measures she took might have worked against her.” He added, “On January 5, the sun rose after 7 am. Seeing a girl standing alone, the culprits got the time to plan everything. They may have lured her somehow and taken her away. We have been interrogating the auto rickshaw and taxi drivers since the time we found the dead body.”

In a desperate hunt for clues that would help them crack the case, the police officials have been making a slew of visits to the spot, which have led to the recovery of her mobile phone, her slippers and a blood-stained shawl. The police are not sure if the shawl belonged to Esther or one of her murderers.

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4 Comments

  • shyam22-Jan-2014

    WHAT IS THERE TO COMMENT - ONE MORE RAPE - ONE MORE MURDER - ONE MORE INVESTIGATION AND AFTER SOME TIME CLOSE THE FILE. BY THE TIME SOME ATR IS PRESENTED THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE INCIDENTS LIKE THIS. CONDEMNATION, CONDOLENCES AND JUST FORGET THAT IS THE WAY OUR GOVERNMENT WORKS

  • Ritesh Singh22-Jan-2014

    How about friends, colleagues.....acquaintances?? May be some one might have come to pick her up on her call for it? ..may be it's a job of more than one persons involved in it? What about the Pick n Drop conveyance facility that the company has hired for its employees.. may be..she might have had a friendly one such driver, whom she might have assumed to be on move at that time...to come and pick her up? my instincts say... it can't be cabbies.. we need to think from all the perspectives..

  • Natekar V24-Jan-2014

    As the Police is unable to get any breakthrough, its time the CBI is called to save the face of our nation. A friend in UK called to say that they have been warned to avoid traveling to India, as there is no security for women & rapes are rampant even during broad daylight. It was so shameful to hear, act quickly before we are shamed around the world! Call the CBI or NIA; These incidents are worst than terrorist attacks & now concern national respect.

  • vigilant23-Jan-2014

    Her friends, colleagues were commenting about her short hair cut and behavioral changes when she went missing.They too are responsible for misleading the case besides the police, who said she might have eloped.

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