The crime branch of Mumbai police on Tuesday filed a 434-page charge sheet in the sensational murder of advocate Pallavi Purkhayastha, 25, who was killed at her flat in Himalayan Heights building at Wadala on August 9 by the security guard of the housing society.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), said the crime branch filed charge sheet before the Esplanade metropolitan magistrate's court and has adduced strong evidence to prove the case against the accused.
The police have named watchman Sajjad Ahmed Abdul Aziz Mogul alias Pathan, 25, of Uri in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir as the only accused in the murder of the budding lawyer. Pathan was arrested from Mumbai Central railway station a day after the murder while he was trying to escape to J&K.
The motive attributed is that Mogul wanted to have physical relations with the deceased, and when she turned him down, he tried to rape her and brutally murdered her. Mogul has been booked for murder and molestation.
Officials said for evidence they were relying on Mogul’s blood-stained clothes, along with the knife used for the murder. The post-mortem report, call records of five cellular service providers, chemical analysis and DNA report of hair, skin and blood samples prove Mogul's complicity, and there are 47 witnesses, including the electricians who had visited the flat during the night before the murder.
The police say Mogul turned off the electric meter to gain access in the flat twice in the night. “He then stole the keys kept in the hall when the electricians were in the house,” the police said, adding it was a pre-planned crime.
Police officials said that around 1.30am, Mogul entered the flat and tried to rape Pallavi who put up a strong resistance, following which he stabbed her several times. Mogul then hid the weapon below a shoe rack on the third floor, changed his clothes and tried to flee the city.
Police got suspicious of Mogul as the entry to the flat was not forced. He also had several injuries on his body when he was arrested.