Sajjad Mogul, convicted for the advocate Pallavi Purkayastha’s murder, jumped parole and stayed with his friend in Oshiwara in Andheri (West) before leaving Mumbai.
Mogul had taken up a job as a security guard in the area, and police officers are trying to figure out which agency gave him the job before checking his credentials, said police sources.
“Moghul had used his friend’s cellphone a few times to contact his family in Jammu and Kashmir from Oshiwara area but we could not locate him thereafter,” said a police officer. “It looks like he has left the city and is hiding somewhere in the southern parts of the country.”
A Mumbai crime branch team has been looking for Mogul and has alerted all security guard agencies to inform the police if any information comes through. All agencies have been checking their recruitment records from March 15 until this June, added source in the Mumbai police.
The Nashik police swung into action after they learnt that Moghul had jumped parole. A police team went to Mogul’s native place in Baramullah district’s Uri and found that he had spent just four days there after being released on parole from Nashik Central Jail on February 28. He came to Mumbai later to look for a job.
The Nashik police are also keeping a track on the call details of Mogul’s family for a clue about his recent activities. “He has not contacted his family in a long time,” said a police officer who is part of the investigating team.
Box 1: The crime
Lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha was found dead in her 16th floor apartment in Wadala’s Himalayan Heights on August 9, 2012
The building’s security guard, Sajjad Ahmed Abdul Aziz Mogul alias Pathan, 25, was arrested the next day
The Mumbai police crime branch filed a 434-page charge sheet against him on October 30
According to the police, Mogul wanted to establish a physical relationship with Purkayastha. He tried to rape her upon being turned down and then murdered her
Mogul’s blood-stained clothes, the knife used for the murder, the post-mortem report, call records of five cellular service providers, chemical analysis and the DNA report of his hair, skin and blood samples proved his complicity in the crime
BOX 2: THE ESCAPE
Mogul was sentenced to life imprisonment and was lodged in Nashik central prison
He was granted parole in February
Mogul was to report to the prison by the end of May, but he did not return
A case was filed in Nashik and transferred to Jammu and Kashmir, where he comes from
BOX 3: WHAT IS A PAROLE?
A parole is a 30-day leave granted to an inmate serving a sentence in jail on some merit. The divisional commissioner grants it and the period can be extended to 60 days.