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Techie murder: 2 months on, cops land in UP on wild goose chase, lens on taxi, auto drivers

Esther, (24), who was a software engineer with TCS in Mumbai, went missing from  Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Mumbai early on the morning of January 5. Esther, (24), who was a software engineer with TCS in Mumbai, went missing from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Mumbai early on the morning of January 5.
Written by Gautam Sandip Mengle | Mumbai | Posted: February 28, 2014 5:06 am

A team of crime branch officers probing the murder of Andhra Pradesh techie Esther Anuhya has gone to Uttar Pradesh to check the location and movements of taxi and autorickshaw drivers with a criminal record who have been unaccounted for in the past month-and-a-half.

Esther, (24), who was a software engineer with TCS in Mumbai, went missing from  Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Mumbai early on the morning of January 5. She was last seen in CCTV footage walking with an unidentified man a short while after she reached LTT from her native Andhra Pradesh. Her severely decomposed body was found in Bhandup area on January 16. Police suspect an autorickshaw or taxi driver could have been behind the murder.
The Mumbai police and the crime branch have questioned several autorickshaw and taxi drivers in connection with the case but have been unable to get any leads in the case.

“There are several autorickshaw and taxi drivers who had a criminal record of some sort or the other and have been unaccounted for. We decided to send a team to their native places. Many of them hail from Uttar Pradesh and we decided to start from there,” said a Crime Branch officer.

Subsequently, the Crime Branch obtained details from the police stations where such persons have a record. For the sake of elimination, the Crime Branch is for now focusing on only those who have a record with the railway police as well as with police stations around the LTT area.

A team of officers and constables is currently in Uttar Pradesh visiting various districts to check where these autorickshaw and taxi drivers have been for the past one-and-a-half months.

Meanwhile, a CCTV grab of the lone suspect in the case who was caught on CCTV camera, which was released by the Mumbai Police earlier this week, was also sent to Andhra Pradesh police. It has been converted into posters and has been stuck at various locations in the state. However, the poor quality of the picture continues to be a cause for concern.

“The picture is not clear and we are not sure how far it will help the case,” said Esther’s brother Deepak Prasad.

gautam.mengle@expressindia.com

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