The unidentified woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on Wednesday morning was assaulted before being throttled to death, the CST Government Railway Police (GRP) said on Thursday.
Senior GRP officials told HT that the post-mortem report was received late on Wednesday night. It revealed that the body bore several bruises which suggests that she had been slapped and punched repeatedly and violently. The shrunken lungs indicate that she could have been throttled. The investigators are yet to get any substantial lead in the case as the identity of the woman is still to be established.
However, preliminary probe has revealed that the accused, two of them, brought the suitcase in Sinhagad Express to CST, and hence the police are trying to ascertain from where the accused boarded the train.
The GRP will question regular passengers on the train that runs between Mumbai and Pune to check if the victim was a frequent traveller on the train service.
Police officials said the CCTV camera footage of the spot where the suitcase was found reveals that two persons in their early 20s brought the bag out of the train and left it outside the railway snacks stall on platform no 8-9. This is a confirmation that the body was transported in the Pune-Mumbai Sinhagad Express.
Soon after placing the suitcase near the snacks stall, the duo mingled in the crowd and walked towards the south-bound exit where the rest of the commuters were headed. The passengers probably failed to check the movement of the suspects as it was peak rush hour, the police said.
Somnath Tambe, inspector of CST GRP, said, “We are yet to ascertain the identity of the deceased and have sent across the photograph, description and details of her clothes to railway police stations in other divisions. This would help us in finding out if there is any missing persons complaint matching these details filed anywhere. No one has come forward to either claim her body, or as an eyewitness.”