Sajjad Mogul, who was serving a life sentence at Nashik Central Jail for the brutal murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha in Mumbai, has gone missing after he was given parole in February.
Police have lodged an offence against Mughal under Section 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of the IPC on April 28 as he did not return to jail after completion of his parole, Nashik Central Jail Superintendent Ramesh Kamble told PTI.
Mogul, a native of Jammu and Kashmir, had sought parole in February citing his mother's ill health, which was granted as per due procedure. He had then sought an extension of two months, Kamble added.
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The jail authorities informed Nashik Road Police that Mogul did not return after completion of his parole, following which a complaint was lodged against him on Arpil 28, Nashik Road Police Station in-charge Sanjay Deshmukh said.
"Local police then contacted Jammu and Kashmir police to check if Mogul had visited his ailing mother or his family. He was declared 'absconding' on Wednesday," the officer said.
Corporate lawyer Pallavi Purkayasta (25) was murdered by Mogul on August 9, 2012 at her apartment. Mogul was employed as a watchman in the building.
He had managed to get duplicate key of the main door of Pallavi's house where she lived with her fiance Avik Sengupta. Avik had found her body lying in blood when returned home on the fateful day. A little over a year after, he also died of natural causes.
A local court had sentenced Mogul to life imprisonment in July 2014.