Security guard held for attempted rape, but one who killed Pallavi Purkayastha untraceable after jumping parole
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Security guard held for attempted rape, but one who killed Pallavi Purkayastha untraceable after jumping parole

A year on, police neither have leads, nor information about convict Sajjad Mogul’s whereabouts

mumbai Updated: Apr 23, 2017 08:38 IST
Hindustan Times
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Lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha was murdered on August 9, 2012.(HT File Photo)

A day after the security guard of a posh colony in Mumbai was held for attempting to rape and murder a 50-year-old woman, police admitted that they are yet to trace the watchman who was sentenced to life imprisonment in July 2014 for the murder of Mumbai lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha, after he jumped parole last year.

A senior official of the Mumbai police crime branch told Hindustan Times on Saturday that they were still trying to trace convict Sajjad Mogul with the help of the Nashik police. However, he admitted that they neither have any leads, nor information about his whereabouts.

Mogul, who was lodged in Nashik Central Jail, may be hiding in his hometown, Jammu and Kashmir, or could have even fled the country, said police.

Sources said Mogul had applied for parole on the grounds that his mother was unwell. He was granted parole in February 2016 on the condition that he would report to a local police station in Jammu and Kashmir. However, when he did not report to the police even by the end of May, the prison department filed a case at the Nashik Road police station. The case was transferred to Jammu and Kashmir.

The day of the murder
  • Sajjad Mogul, who worked as a watchman in Pallavi Purkayastha’s building, tripped her electricity meter deliberately.
  • She called an electrician, who Sajjad accompanied to her house.
  • Once inside the house, he 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.

After jumping parole, Mogul stayed with a friend in Oshiwara in Andheri (West) and worked as a security guard in the area before fleeing the city.

Investigations revealed that he had spent four days at his native place, Uri in Baramulla district. A special team of the Nashik police were deployed to the area, but failed to trace him.

Pallavi, the daughter of a Delhi-based IAS officer, was murdered in her 16th-floor apartment in Wadala’s Himalayan Heights on August 9, 2012. Her body was found by her live-in partner Avik Sengupta. Mogul was arrested the next day.

Sengupta had deposed before the court in connection with the case. However, he died of an illness on November 14, 2013.

The Mumbai crime branch filed a 434-page charge sheet against Mogul on October 30, 2012. Police said he tried to rape Pallavi, and murdered her after she rejected his advances.

Mogul’s bloodstained clothes, the knife used in 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 established his role in the crime.

Sessions judge Vrushali Joshi, had found Mogul guilty of the murder. She observed that the crime did not fall in the ‘rarest of the rare’ category and sentenced him to life in jail.

According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Maharashtra had the highest number of parole absconders in 2015 — 152 . Police, however, managed to arrest only 28 of the convicts.

After Mogul jumped parole, Maharashtra’s home department proposed that people in jail for crimes such rape, terrorism, kidnapping, smuggling narcotics, mutiny against the state, and those serving life terms will not be eligible for parole.

First Published: Apr 22, 2017 12:46 IST