Police: Sajjad called up 2 friends to boast about killing Pallavi

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Hours after killing 25-year-old Pallavi Purkayastha, accused Sajjad Pathan (22) called up two of his friends and allegedly "boasted" about the incident. The statements of the two friends are part of the chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Tuesday.

Pallavi, whose father Atanu Purkayastha is a joint secretary in the Union Agriculture Ministry, was found murdered on August 9, with her throat slit at her 16th floor apartment at Himalayan Heights B Wing in Wadala (East) where she lived with her boyfriend Avik Sengupta, also a lawyer with a reputed firm.

In the witness statements attached with the 434-page chargesheet, two of Pathan's friends — a driver and a security agent — claimed to have received calls from him on the morning of August 9. He allegedly told them that he had killed a woman after she did not give in to his sexual advances.

Ahmed Shaikh, whom Pathan had frantically called, claimed the accused told him that he had killed a woman in the building. When Shaikh allegedly asked if he was speaking the truth, Pathan just laughed and disconnected the call, said the 24-year-old driver. The witness said he assumed that Pathan was joking, only to find out later that he had indeed killed a woman.

In a three-page confession attached with the chargesheet, Pathan — who worked as a security guard — confessed to his crime and claimed that he was attracted to Pallavi and hoped to have a physical relationship with her. Pathan had gone to Pallavi's house several times on the night she was murdered after power failure in her flat. The police had claimed that he had purposely tampered with the electric board.

However, in his confession, Pathan did not mention tripping the power to Pallavi's apartment and claimed that he, along with an electrician, had attended to her problems every time she called him on his phone. While the electrician restored the connection, Pathan claimed to have stolen the house key lying on the kitchen platform, which he later used to enter the house and kill her. The police have charged Pathan under Sections for trespassing and murder.

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