Crime Branch describes the sequence of events in Pallavi murder case

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Mumbai:  Pallavi Purkayastha was found murdered in her house on Thursday morning. Today, Himanshu Roy, Joint Commissioner Crime Branch, described the sequence of events.

Here are the highlights of his presser:

  • This is regarding the unfortunate incident yesterday - murder of Ms Pallavi Purkayastha.
  • When she came back, she noticed that her lights were not working. She sent BBM to her friend Avik Sengupta who is a lawyer senior to her.
  • She informed him the electricity wasn't available, and he suggested that she should call an electrician. She called a local electrician, who came, restored electricity and left.
  • She called the electrician for a second time and he came again
  • This time, he disconnected all the electrical equipment and asked her to only use the fan
  • When Mr Avik Sengupta returned from the office at 5:30 am in the morning, he found the door was ajar and there were bloodstains in the passage
  • When he entered the room, hr found her body. Tried to revive her. When he couldn't do this, he reached out to neighbours
  • Police was called in
  • Cops found that the entry was not forced
  • It was found that Ms Purkayastha was a cautious woman, she wouldn't let in a stranger
  • The Police Commissioner deemed it fit to hand over the investigation to the Crime Branch
  • Last night, as a course of investigation, we detained Sajjad (22), a resident of Baramulla in J&K who worked as watchman in the building
  • He jumped over the fence to escape and went to several places in Mumbai
  • We caught him from Mumbai Central station while he was trying to escape to Jammu
  • DNA mapping will be done as part of our investigation

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