Pallavi Purkayastha murder case: Finally convict held

Srinagar: To begin with, SAJJAD MUGHAL, the security guard who murdered corporate lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha and was on the run since March 2016 after jumping parole, was arrested by Mumbai Police from Jammu and Kashmir.

It is worthwhile pointing out that the Mughal went missing while he was out on parole from Nashik jail, where he was serving life imprisonment after being convicted in the murder case.

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Mughal was arrested from Srinagar by a team led by Inspector Sanjay Nikam of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar said, “After working hard for over a year, battling hostile terrain, a Crime Branch team has achieved the impossible work of tracking down Mughal.” He added, “After the joint commissioner informed me this morning, the first person I called was Pallavi’s father. He had tears in his eyes and told me he was waiting for this moment for the past year.”

Indications are that Mughul would be sent back to Nashik jail once his Crime Branch custody in the re-arrest case is over.

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“The biggest problem was that we could not nab Mughal in his native village, Salamabad, near Uri town. After the terrorist attack on the Army base last year, entry had been restricted there. We had to wait for Mughal to move out of his village,” he said.