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Esther murder: Statements of 3 cabbies in charge sheet very crucial

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 7:30am IST | Agency: dna

The charge sheet filed by the Mumbai Police crime branch in the Esther Anhuya murder case has the statements of at least three taximen.

The taximen had informed the investigating agency that they had seen Esther with Chandrabhan Sanap on January 5, 2014. The testimony of the three cabbies is crucial as they can prove the prosecution's ''last seen together" theory.

According to the charge sheet, three cabbies – Ehsaan alias Shanu Khan (35), Mohammed Istiyakh Khan (43) and Ramesh Rathod (37) – had seen Sanap along with Esther, and that the three had approached them, asking them if the two need a prepaid cab.

Rathod's statement reads, "In the morning hours of the fateful day, I saw Sanap carrying a trolley bag and a handbag along with a young girl walking towards the exit of the platform. The girl was escorted out of the station by the man. It was then when I approached them and asked them if they want a prepaid cab, to which the man replied that they already had a taxi. I saw them moving out of the station together."

The statements recorded by the other two taximen were similar to the ones recorded by Rathod.

The crime branch on Monday had filed the bulky charge sheet copy before the Metropolitan Magistrate court, thereby charging Sanap with rape, murder, kidnapping, robbery and destruction of evidence.
Esther (23), a TCS employee, had gone missing on January 5 after she arrived in Mumbai. Her body was found on January 16 by her family in bushes near Eastern Express Highway in Kanjurmarg.

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