A four-member team of the Mumbai police posed as tourists in Kashmir to catch a local man convicted of murdering lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha, a media report says.
Sajjad Mogul, who had jumped parole in 2016, was arrested from Kashmir on Tuesday. Mogul was lodged at the Nashik Central Jail. He was granted parole in February 2016 and was supposed to be back in prison on May 28, Scroll.in reported, adding that the Nashik Road Police Station had filed a case in June after he did not return.
Pallavi Purkayastha was murdered on August 9, 2012. Mogul was a watchman at her building in Central Mumbai’s Wadala locality. He was convicted of murder, molestation and criminal trespass in July 2014.
Police inspector Sanjay Nikam, head constable Dayanand Kamble, police naik Sandeep Kamble and constable Sandeep Talekar shuttled between Mumbai, Jammu and Kashmir and New Delhi to track Mogul, Hindustan Times reported.
“They wore Kashmiri attire “pheran” and skull cap, and sported beard to mingle with locals in the hostile terrain. Nikam had to lose a few kilos for the mission,” the newspaper reported.
“We nearly froze in the 7 degrees Celsius temperature,” Nikam was quoted as saying. He also had to “pierce his ears and pick up Urdu accent to look like a Muslim tourist. They had visited Srinagar and Baramulla a few times and once failed to trap Mogul in New Delhi.”
A week before Mogul’s arrest, the Mumbai police team learnt that he was working as an assistant electrician for a tunnel work project in Gagangiri village, about 50-60 kilometres from Srinagar and 300 km from his village in Uri area of north Kashmir.
“The team waited for the entire night and in the morning when he reported for work, he was nabbed by them and brought to Mumbai by flight. An official said the team moved in prohibited areas around Srinagar to locate Mogul. The official admitted that the J&K police and locals helped them. The Army and the BSF cooperated with the team too, thanks to Pallavi’s father Atanu, who is an IAS officer.”