Pallavi Purkayastha a victim of 'heinous perversion': Mumbai Police
Mumbai, Aug.10 (ANI): Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy on Friday told media that Pallavi Purkayastha, a 25-year-old legal counsel, who was found dead in her flat yesterday, was murdered by her building watchman in a premeditated 'act of perversion'.
Roy said that watchman Sajat Ahmed Mugal had confessed to the crime during his interrogation, and added that he (Mugal) had been planning the act for some time.
The opportune moment arrived when Sajat realised that Purkayastha's live-in partner had been delayed at work.
According to Roy's reconstruction of events, Ahmed had manipulated the electricity in Purkayastha's apartment on two occasions, forcing her to call in an electrician to rectify the problem.
Ahmed had accompanied the electrician to the apartment on both occasions. On the second visit, which had occurred at around 2 a.m., he had managed to steal Purkayastha's key, which had been placed on a shelf in the hall.
The watchman had then let himself in to the apartment using the key at around 3 a.m. and gone in to the bedroom where she was sleeping.
Roy said Purkayastha had fought Mugal off, but he had been armed with a knife, and according to the commissioner "grievously harmed her in a manner from which she could not recover".
The commissioner said that the motive for the murder was nothing but "perversion of the highest order", adding that the crime division would seek that the case be tried in a fast track court.
He added that they would seek the death sentence for Ahmed, but refused to rule out the possibility that an accomplice was involved.
"I do not like this term clean chit. I do not want to give a clean chit to anyone. I just want to catch the fellow responsible for this heinous crime", Roy said. (ANI)
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