Six days after the body of a 23-year-old woman was found in Bhandup, the police on Wednesday claimed that she had been sexually assaulted by more than one person. This, said a police officer, has been mentioned in the report of the post-mortem conducted at the state-run JJ Hospital in Byculla.
The decomposing body of Esther Anuhya was found in a patch of bushes at an isolated spot in Bhandup (east). An infotech engineer, Anuhya had gone missing in the early hours of January 5 after she alighted from an outstation train at the Kurla railway terminus.
A police officer, who spoke strictly on the condition of anonymity, said that it was a very foggy morning when Esther reached the railway terminus.
“There were few vehicles on the Eastern Express Highway. Besides, the spot where her body was found is about 300 metres from the highway. So, even if she called out for help, it is quite likely that her cries for help fell on deaf ears,” said the police officer.
After sexually assaulting her, the culprits hit her with a blunt object to kill, said the officer, adding that she was subsequently torched to kill her. Senior inspector VN Tungare refused to divulge any information. “We are still investigating the matter and it would be difficult to say much at this juncture,” said Tungare.
A team of policemen from Kanjurmarg police station has left for the hometown of the deceased, Macchalipattnam in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, to question her friends and relatives, said another police officer.
A peace rally in remembrance of Esther Anuhya will be held in Kanjurmarg (E) on Thursday. The rally, organised by the Bombay Catholic Sabha, will begin from St Francis Xavier’s Church at 10am and will march till the spot where Anuhya’s body was found.