Mumbai Police Crime Branch officers investigating the murder of software engineer Esther Anuhya have found CCTV footage of the waiting room at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) on the day she went missing. The footage shows her presence at the room.
Esther, a native of Hyderabad, reached LTT on January 5 and subsequently went missing. Her severely decomposed body was found in Bhandup on the Eastern Express Highway on January 16.
Officers said the footage shows Esther making a round of the waiting room but not sitting there. “Esther’s father had told her that if she reached LTT early, she should sit inside the waiting room till daybreak,” said
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“We have sent the footage to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory to find out if anyone was following her in or out of the waiting room,” added the officer.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, state home minister R R Patil directed the city police to note down the registration numbers of all autorickshaws and taxis which ferry women commuters in the night, as well as the names of the drivers. The move comes after a meeting of former vice-chairman of the State Minorities Commission Abraham Mathai with Patil on Wednesday in view of this case.
Patil has also directed that the names of drivers and vehicle registration numbers be displayed prominently at the passenger seat of autos and taxis.
Patil said complaints of missing women could be accepted at any police station irrespective of jurisdiction, and the case would be transferred to other police stations, if need be. CCTV cameras would also be installed at strategic places at auto and taxi stands outside railway stations. Patil warned that policemen who do not note such complaints would face stern action.
Investigating officers are also trying to find out whether Esther stayed on LTT premises during the 25-minute period that her cellular location placed her there.
‘No negligence on police’s part’
The Kurla Railway Police on Thursday sent a reply to a query raised by advocate Abha Singh about the alleged delay in filing of the complaint in the case. The reply states that the Kurla railway police viewed all CCTV footage and went through the passenger reservation list of the Vishakapatnam-LTT Express before registering a complaint in connection with her disappearance, and claims that there was no negligence or lapse on part of the police.