A Mumbai court on Friday awarded death sentence to Chandrabhan Sanap, who was convicted of rape and murder of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) techie in the city last year. Announcing the quantum of punishment, the a Mumbai Sessions Court termed the case as rarest of rare. Software engineer Esther Anuhya, who was employed with TCS in Mumbai, was raped and murdered, by Sanap in January 2014.
Anuhya, 23, hailed from Andhra Pradesh, had gone to her native place to celebrate Christmas and New Year. While returning to Mumbai, she had alighted at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on January 5 after which she went missing. Her decomposed body was found off the Eastern Express Highway on January 16. After scrutiny of 36 CCTVs' footages at the railway station and grilling of about 2,500 people, investigators stumbled upon Sanap, who confessed to have killed Anuhya after a failed rape attempt.
According to police, Sanap spotted Anuhya sitting alone at the railway station and offered to drop her off at Andheri on his two-wheeler. Sanap took her to an isolated spot and strangled her when she resisted his attempt to rape her.