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What happened that night: All you need to know about Pallavi Purkayastha murder

The security guard, convicted for the murder of advocate Pallavi Purkayastha in 2012, jumped parole in 2016 and was arrested from a village in Jammu and Kashmir on October 10.

mumbai Updated: Oct 11, 2017 11:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
A file photo of Pallavi Purkayastha.
A file photo of Pallavi Purkayastha.(HT File Photo)

The security guard, convicted for the murder of 25-year-old advocate Pallavi Purkayastha in 2012, was arrested in Gagangiri village, about 50km from Srinagar on Tuesday. Mogul had jumped parole in February 2016 from Nashik jail and had been absconding since. According to police officers, Mogul had changed his look and had been on the move. The special team, however, recruited informers in J&K, who helped them trace Mogul.

Here’s what happened in the last six years since the advocate’s death:

The murder

•Lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha, the daughter of a Delhi-based IAS officer, was found dead in her 16th floor apartment at Himalayan Heights in Wadala on August 9, 2012

•Sajjad Ahmed Abdul Aziz Mogul alias Pathan, 25, who worked as a watchman in Purkayastha’s building, tripped her electricity metre deliberately that night

•She called an electrician, who Sajjad accompanied to her house

•Once inside the house, Sajjad took the keys to her flat. He used these keys to enter her flat and tried to force himself on her

•Pallavi put up a fight. Enraged, Sajjad stabbed her and then fled

•He was arrested the next day

Sajjad Ahmed Abdul Aziz Mogul at Arthur Road Jail in 2014.
Sajjad Ahmed Abdul Aziz Mogul at Arthur Road Jail in 2014. ( HT File Photo )

•The Mumbai police crime branch filed a 434-page charge sheet against him on October 30, 2012

•According to the police, Mogul wanted to have physical relations with Purkayastha. When she turned him down, he tried to rape her and then brutally 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 DNA report of his hair, skin and blood samples proved his complicity

The verdict in July 2014

•Observing that the crime did not fall in the ‘rarest of the rare’ category, sessions judge Vrushali Joshi who had found Mogul guilty for the murder, pronounced that the convict be imprisoned for the rest of his life

The escape

•Mogul was sentenced to life imprisonment and was lodged in the Nashik central prison

•He was granted parole in February, 2016

•Mogul was to report to the prison by the end of May, 2016 but he hasn’t returned

•A case was filed in Nashik and transferred to Jammu and Kashmir from where he hails

First Published: Oct 11, 2017 10:00 IST

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