The lawyer-daughter of an IAS officer in Delhi was found murdered with her throat slit at her 16th floor rented apartment in Mumbai’s central suburb of Wadala in the early hours of Thursday.
The police said Pallavi Purkayastha, 26, employed as a legal advisor at Excel Entertainment production house, co-owned by actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, was killed between 1 am and 4 am on Thursday.
Nothing was found missing from the flat where Purkayastha had lived with her friend Avik Sengupta, 26, for the past eight months. There were no signs of a forced entry, indicating that the killer was known to the victim, the police said.
Assistant commissioner of police Rajdoot Rupwate said there were bloodstains all over the two-bedroom flat, indicating that Purkayastha tried fighting off the murderer.
“In one of the rooms, there are some long hair strands that we suspect belonged to the victim, and some short strands that look like a man’s hair, which could belong to the murderer,” said a crime branch officer not wanting to be named.
Rupwate said, “Bloodstains were also found on the neighbour’s doorbell switch, indicating that the victim tried ringing the bell for help before succumbing to her injuries.”
However, when the police asked the neighbours if they heard the doorbell, they said that they don’t recollect hearing it as they were fast asleep.
The police are questioning Sengupta who was the first to see her body lying in a pool of blood around 5am when he returned home from work.
“We verified the statement given by Sengupta with his Ballard Pier-based office employees. They confirmed that he was in office till the time he told us,” said Rupwate.
The victim’s father Atanu Purkayastha, a joint secretary at the agriculture ministry and her mother, who works with a telephone service provider in Delhi, have reached Mumbai.