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Victim pulled out murderer’s hair: Cops

26-year-old lawyer Pallavi Purkhayastha tried to escape attacker and even rang neighbour’s doorbell for help before succumbing to injuries.

mumbai Updated: Aug 10, 2012 01:40 IST
Mohamed Thaver
Mohamed Thaver
Hindustan Times

If there’s one thing that’s clear about the Wadala murder, it is that victim Pallavi Purkhayastha fought desperately for her life.

The 26-year-old lawyer was found by her boyfriend at around 5am on Thursday with her throat slit. She used to share the rented two-bedroom apartment at Himalayan Heights, Wadala with him.

The deceased struggled so hard that she pulled out some of the murderer’s hair, the police said. This means there is actual physical evidence. The police hope the hair samples will help them trace the murderer.

“There seems to have been a desperate struggle between Purkhayastha and the murderer, where they pulled out each other’s hair,” said an officer from the crime branch, requesting anonymity. “In one of the rooms of the 2BHK, there are some long strands of hair that we suspect belong to the victim, and there are several short strands of hair that look like a man’s hair. It could belong to the murderer.”

The crime branch and the Wadala TT police are conducting parallel probes.

There were other signs of struggle too. “Apart from one room in the house, there are bloodstains all over the flat, including in the bathroom and on the bedroom windows. It means that she tried to resist with all her might,” the official said. “Bloodstains were also found on their neighbour’s doorbell switch.”

At least four units of the crime branch and the local police have visited the 16th floor flat where the murder took place between 1am and 4am.

“We called in a team of forensic experts from the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory and they have taken the hair samples. We will match the DNA from the hair samples with that of the suspects. If there is a match, that person becomes our prime suspect,” said Rajdoot Rupwate, assistant commissioner of police, Sion division.

The police are scanning the housing society registers as no one is allowed inside without making an entry and questioning all watchmen to find out if anyone visited the flat on Wednesday night.

Officials will check the mobile phone records of the suspects to determine whether any of them were near Himalayan Heights around the time of the crime.

First Published: Aug 10, 2012 01:39 IST