The city police’s Crime Branch Friday claimed it had recovered some of the personal belongings of the TCS employee who was sexually assaulted and murdered in January this year. Police said they had also found a few eye-witnesses who allegedly saw her with the arrested suspect Chandrabhan Sanap on the day of her murder.
“Some clothes and a pair of glasses belonging to the victim have been recovered from a mess that Sanap’s sister runs in Kanjurmarg,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sadanand Date.
The victim, an Andhra Pradesh native working in Mumbai, was allegedly killed by Sanap on January 5. Sanap was arrested on March 2 and his friend Nandkishore Sahu is currently being questioned to confirm the extent of his involvement in the crime.
The mess is located in the same building where Sanap’s parents and siblings have been staying for the last 30 years. The Crime Branch is yet to decide whether to make Sanap’s family members, which includes his mother, sister and wife, co-accused in the case.
“We have also found some witnesses who saw Sanap and the victim exit the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus together, and also some who saw them together on a bike soon after that,” Date said.
Meanwhile, the Crime Branch on Friday also conducted a “demo” wherein Sanap was made to demonstrate how he managed to ride a motorbike with a pillion rider, a haversack and a heavy trolley bag. The police said Sanap got on a motorbike and Sahu sat behind him with the haversack on his bag, while the trolley bag was placed on the fuel tank in front of Sanap.
“Two of our constables then assumed the same position on the bike and rode from LTT to the scene of the crime in Bhandup. The entire journey took 23 minutes, and we have video-recorded it,” Date said.
The efforts to locate the victim’s laptop, which Sanap claims to have thrown off a running train while on his way to Mumbai from Nashik, are still under way. Searches by divers for the last three days in the Ulhas river between Khadavli and Titwala have yielded no results.