The Kanjurmarg police on Tuesday found a handbag containing clothes from near the spot where the body of 23-year-old computer engineer Esther Anuhya was found on January 16. The techie was murdered and her body dumped in Bhandup (E). The killers are yet to be nabbed.
Although Anuhya’s family has categorically said the bag didn’t belong to her, yet the police are carrying out investigations since it contained clothes of a man. The clothes would be sent for forensic analysis, the police said.
According to sources, after the body was found, the police have dispatched several search parties to the spot and surrounding areas to gather clues that can help them trace the culprit/s. On Tuesday, one of the search teams found a black handbag 200m from the spot. The bag contained a shirt, a pair of trousers, inner-wear and a vest of a man. Anuhya’s uncle Arun Kumar said, “The bag doesn’t belong to my niece. We are waiting for Esther’s post-mortem report.”
The police are, however, not taking any chances and would be sending the bag and its contents for forensic analysis. “We will send whatever we recover from the crime scene for forensic analysis to ascertain as to who they belonged to,” deputy commissioner of police, zone VII, Mahesh Ghurye told dna.
A team of 25 policemen comprising officers from Bhandup and Kanjurmarg police stations and detection staff, has been assigned the task of gathering evidence from crime scene. The team has also been tasked with collecting details of taxi and auto drivers who were plying from Kurla Terminus on the day Anuhya went missing on January 5 morning. The police have also denied the allegations of Anuhya’s relatives that they didn’t act on the complaint initially. “We acted on the complaint immediately. Additional commissioner of police (central region) and his staff had worked on the case,” said joint commissioner of police, law and order, Sadanant Date.
Anuhya, an employee of Tata Consultancy Services in Goregaon since September 2012, had gone to her native place in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh and returned to Mumbai on January 5. But, she did not reach her hostel in Andheri. She was last seen at Kurla’s LTT.
Jan 4: Esther Anuhya boards LTT-Visakhapatnam Express at Vijayawada
Jan 5: 5am—She reaches LTT
5pm—Her father files a missing persons’ complaint at Vijayawada
Jan 16: Anuhya’s body was found.