A Mumbai Police Crime Branch officer on Wednesday met the father of murder victim Esther Anuhya at his Andhra Pradesh residence and spoke to him regarding the sequence of events leading to her murder, as described by the police at a press conference in Mumbai Monday. Esther’s father, however, said he was still not convinced and would wait to see what came out in subsequent investigations.
Crime Branch sources said the inspector-level officer met Esther’s father SJS Prasad at his residence in Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sadanand Date said that the officer was sent to personally apprise Prasad of the status of the investigation so far.
“The officer met me at my residence and we spoke in detail. He told me the same version that the police disclosed after the arrest was made in the case. However, he has assured me that every statement made by him will be verified and any discrepancies will be probed immediately. I am waiting to see if anything new comes out in further investigations, as I still find it hard to believe that Esther could have trusted a stranger so easily,” Prasad told Newsline.
The Crime Branch is also scanning CCTV footage of the Eastern Express Highway recorded on the day of the murder, in order to verify the sequence of events as described by arrested accused Chandrabhan Sanap and his alleged accomplice Nandkishore Sahu.
Crime Branch sources said the footage of several CCTV cameras on the Eastern Express Highway is being collected and examined since Tuesday. “We are focusing on the cameras from the point where Sanap entered the Highway after passing the Sahakar Cinema junction in Chembur up to the spot in Bhandup where the murder occurred. We have footage from some cameras and are collecting some more. We are tracking and making a report of the movements of Sanap and Sahu, from the time that Sanap brought Esther to the spot and killed her, to the point where he came back with Sahu and tried to burn the body,” said a Crime Branch officer.
The report, the police said, will be a crucial part of the evidence, as it will corroborate or negate the claims made by Sanap in his interrogation.
Meanwhile, Sanap on Wednesday also told the police during interrogation that after he reached his father’s residence in Kanjurmarg following the crime, he immediately took off his clothes, which had Esther’s blood on them, and set them on fire. He then called Sahu, police said.