Guard held in Mumbai lawyer murder case

The Mumbai Police said on Friday that it has solved the murder case of a young woman advocate, Pallavi Purkayastha, who was killed on Thursday morning.

 The police said security guard Sajjad Ahmed Mughal had been arrested stating that the murder was possibly a case of “crime of passion.”

The murder of the girl, daughter of senior IAS officers posted in Delhi, sparked off an outcry with local media baying for immediate arrest of the culprit.

Under tremendous pressure, the crime branch, in a packed press conference, held here late afternoon, alleged that Sajjad Moghul, from Uri in Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir has confessed to his crime.

However, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy hastily added that “it is too early to give a clean chit to other suspects.”

The other suspects in the murder that has baffled the entire city are the victim’s friend Avik Sengupta who found the body, lift tender and other watchmen.

On the issue of possible sexual assault, Roy said that while the post-mortem has not revealed any injuries, “there was an evidence of struggle which may have been a result of a possible sexual attack. The scene of crime as well as superficial bruises on Khan’s forearms indicate that she (Pallavi) had put up a brave fight before sustaining multiple stab wounds.”

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