Mumbai Shocker: 25-year-old lawyer assaulted, murdered; watchman convicted after 2 years

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Pallavi Purkayastha
Mumbai, June 30: Two years after her brutal death at her apartment in Mumbai, Pallavi Purkayastha finally got justice as the accused has been found guilty on Monday, June 30. The accused, watchman of the Wadala apartment, was arrested soon after the gruesome murder of the 25-year-old lawyer.

Mumbai Court on Monday convicted the watchman -- Sajjad Ahmed Mogul in murder, molestation, and trespassing case. Quantum of the punishment will be announced on July 9.

Pallavi, who was a consultant in an entertainment firm in Mumbai, was engaged to Avik Sengupta. Both Pallavi and Avik were in a live-in relationship. The dream city was shocked when news about Pallavi's murder broke on Aug 9, 2012.

Pallavi was murdered at her apartment and Avik discovered her body the next day when he had returned from office. Initially, Avik was one of the prime suspect and he was questioned by the Mumbai Police. However, the investigating officers in the case arrested the watchman who had a clash with Pallavi earlier.

It was reported that Pallavi once had rebuked Sajjad for stalking her. Later he had planned to rape Pallavi and took the key of her flat while accompanying one electrician to her apartment.

Sajjad had entered into the house with the duplicate key and assaulted Pallavi and killed her. She had tried to raise alarm but her neighbours could not come to her rescue.

Avik, who filed the FIR with Mumbai Police, died a year after Pallavi's death. According to sources, Avik died due to illness in Nov 2013.

Pallavi's father, who was present at the court, chided, "We want death penalty. It was a gruesome murder. We were living in a hell."

The then joint commissioner of police Himanshu Roy had called this perversion of the highest order and deserves nothing but the death sentence.

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