During his interrogation by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, rape-murder accused Chandrabhan Sanap allegedly told the police he used his smooth-talking skills that he developed during his stint as a porter, and spun lies on the spot to convince the victim to let him drop her, including telling her that he was a railway staffer. The police said the victim even raised an alarm, but no one heard her as the incident took place at 5 am. This was at some distance from the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus when they hit the main road, he has allegedly confessed, said the police.
Sanap was arrested by the Crime Branch on March 1 in connection with the alleged rape and murder of a software engineer, who went missing from the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on January 5, and was found dead in Bhandup on January 16. Sanap has been remanded to police custody till March 15, and the police have been building a detailed picture of the sequence of events of the victim’s murder.
“The victim became suspicious when she discovered that Sanap had a motorbike instead of a taxi as he had claimed to have. Sanap told her that he was a railway staffer and that his friend had a taxi waiting on the main road. He had parked the bike in the same lot used by Railway Police and Railway Protection Force personnel, and the presence of several other vehicles with a ‘Police’ tag on them helped Sanap sell his lie,” said a Crime Branch officer.
The duo made their way to the main road on the motorbike, with Sanap reportedly balancing the victim’s trolley bag on the fuel tank in front of him. The police added, “As they left the vicinity of the LTT station and got on the deserted main road, the victim asked him where his friend’s taxi was, and Sanap told her that he might have left as his taxi had been low on fuel. This was when the victim developed serious suspicions.”
“The victim asked Sanap to stop but he did not heed her words. She then called out for help a couple of times, but there was no one around to hear her cries at the time. Sanap rode past quickly to avoid the risk of someone hearing her and reached the Eastern Express Highway, which was more deserted,” the officer added.
The police are now verifying his claims with his friend Nandkishore Sahu, whom Sanap had allegedly told about most of his actions on the day of the alleged incident.
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