Finally, cops add ‘motive’ to Pallavi Purkayastha murder


A senior officer on the condition of anonymity said, "We had a serious concern whether a case could be proved without any motive for the murder. While it could be proved with the evidence collated during investigation that Pathan had entered the house and killed her, the accused would have built up his case since there was no motive attributed," said.

The chargesheet mentions section 302 (murder) and section 449 house-trespass to commit an offence punishable with death.

"Pathan had trespassed into her house with a knife, so the intention of murder is apparent," said Tawade.

Pallavi, daughter of Atanu Purkayastha, a joint secretary in the Union Agriculture Ministry, was found with throat slit at her apartment where she resided with her boyfriend Avik Sengupta, also a lawyer with a reputed firm. The police recorded 47 witness statements, including that of Sengupta, who claims the victim on one occasion told him she was disturbed about Pathan ogling her. Sengupta pacified her and adviced her to ignore it, according to his statement.

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