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Watchman charged with killing Mumbai lawyer

mumbai Updated: Oct 31, 2012 01:17 IST
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The crime branch of the Mumbai Police on Tuesday filed a chargesheet in the sensational murder of Delhi-based IAS officer's daughter and lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha, 25, who was murdered in her flat in Wadala on August 9 by the security guard of the housing society.

The police have named watchman Sajjad Ahmed Abdul Aziz Mogul, 25, of Uri in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) as the only accused in the murder of the budding lawyer.

Mogul was arrested from Mumbai central railway station a day after the murder while he was trying to escape to J&K.

The chargesheet said Mogul tried to rape his victim and murdered her after she resisted his attempts to force himself on her. Mogul has been booked for murder and molestation.

"Mogul switched off the electricity to Purkayastha's flat twice at night to gain access to her flat after he was called by her to check why the power was out. Once inside the flat, he stole the keys from the hall when the electricians were in the house," a police official said.

Police officials said Mogul entered the flat around 1.30am and tried to rape Purkayastha who put up a strong resistance. He then stabbed her several times.

Mogul then hid the weapon below a shoe rack on the third floor of the building, changed his clothes and ran away. He roamed around several places in the city before going to Mumbai central to board a train to J&K but was arrested in the nick of time, the police said.

Mogul told the police he was aware that his victim was alone and that her boyfriend Avik Sengupta, 26, was working late in his office.

The police suspected Mogul as the entry into the flat was not forced and he had several injuries on his body when he was arrested.