In yet another major development in the Esther Anuhya murder case, the city crime branch sleuths late on Tuesday recovered the motorcycle that was used by accused Chandrabhan Sanap to ferry Esther from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in the early hours of January 5. The police will send the bike for forensic analysis to ascertain Esther's fingerprints or DNA traces on it.
"We have managed to recover the motorcycle, which belongs to Sanap's friend Nandkishore Sahu, that was allegedly used to ferry Esther from LTT to the bushes in Kanjurmarg on that unfortunate day. During Sahu's interrogation, he told us that his bike was parked near his building in Kanjurmarg," said a police source.
He added that based on this information a police team late on Tuesday recovered the vehicle. "The bike was covered and there was no tampering done. The number plate was also intact," an officer said.
The police will now send the recovered bike for forensic analysis as that might hold the key to the case. "If the forensic experts can manage to get fingerprints of Esther or any other article, such as hair, so that her DNA can be traced on it, then this will be solid evidence for us to build our case in court," said another police officer.
This is the second major recovery of evidence done by the police after the recovery of Esther's bag from a beggar in Nashik on Monday. "Sanap claims that he had thrown away Esther's laptop on his way to Nashik and had given her backpack to another beggar. We are verifying these claims of his," the officer said.
The 23-year-old techie had arrived at LTT in a train from Andhra Pradesh on January 5. When her family couldn't contact her, they visited Mumbai and approached senior police officers to look into the matter. After having been made to run from pillar to post, a complaint was finally registered. However, it was not the police but Esther's family that was able to find her body in the bushes of Kanjurmarg.