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Cops probe if suspect offered Esther a lift

Police are verifying whether the suspect with her in CCTV footage was referred by a driver employed or contracted by her workplace.

Hyderbad-based TCS employee Esther Anuhya was found murdered in Mumbai. (Indian Express) Hyderbad-based TCS employee Esther Anuhya was found murdered in Mumbai. (Indian Express)

By: Gautam S Mengle

Police probing the murder of TCS techie Esther Anuhya are verifying whether the unidentified suspect seen with her in CCTV footage from LTT was referred to her by a driver employed or contracted by her workplace and if he offered to drop her at her Andheri hostel on the day she went missing.

Esther (24), an Andhra Pradesh native, went missing from LTT early morning on January 5. She was last seen in CCTV footage walking with an unidentified man a short while after she reached LTT. Her severely decomposed body was found in Bhandup on the Eastern Express Highway on January 16. The police have since then been trying to identify the suspect.

A colleague of Esther told Newsline she had, on several occasions, travelled in cabs hired by TCS for its employees. “Not all of us travelled by TCS cabs. I never did. But I know Esther did. I have known her for the past one-and-a-half years,” the colleague said.

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The police are probing whether one of these drivers had struck up an acquaintance with Esther during one of these trips. “Drivers are usually part of a larger network, and are always on the lookout for an extra job on the side which could bring in some extra income. We have already made inquiries with drivers who are, or used to be, on the company’s pay roll, as well as those hired on contract. They themselves do not seem to have been involved in the crime. We are now focusing on these drivers to check if they referred any other driver in their network, which is a frequent practice followed by drivers,” said a Crime Branch officer probing the case, who did not wish to be named.

First published on: 03-03-2014 at 01:50:26 am
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