SAJJAD MUGHAL,arrested by the Mumbai police after he fled while out on parole last year, had told an inmate at Nashik prison, where he was lodged, that he will not be returning from parole. Mughal, who was convicted for the murder of corporate lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha at her Wadala residence in 2012, had told his barrack inmate at Nashik prison that he was seeking parole so that he could flee, said an officer who interrogated Mughal. The officer said that since Mughal had been sentenced to life imprisonment until death and felt that he would have spent the rest of his life behind bars, he decided to flee. Mughal was handed over to the Nashik police where a case was registered against him for fleeing from prison on Wednesday morning.
An officer said: “Soon after Mughal fled from the prison, we cultivated sources in the prison. We took several of the inmates in his barrack with whom Mughal spoke frequently. One of the inmates told us that even before he went on parole, he had confided in him that the reason he took the parole was that he could flee.” The police said that one of the first things that Mughal told them after they arrested him was that ‘Maine gaav chodkar bohot badi galti ki’ (I made a big mistake by leaving my village). He was right since till the time Mughal was in his village Salamabad, which is near Uri town, he was safe. Since the terrorist attack on the Army’s base last year, entry had been restricted there. He was also getting work at the hydro power projects near his house. However, he wanted to earn more and hence he left his village which ultimately led to his arrest.
The police added that Mughal had planned to return to the city in June this year. However, his mother made him promise her that he would not go to Mumbai ever as she was scared that he would be arrested, an officer said. “In June this year, when he was contemplating about returning, he found that security in the city had been tightened due to the death of Mustafa Dossa, a 1993 blasts convict, and he decided against it. He also told us that he felt sad on Dossa’s death as the latter would help inmates if they were in any monetary difficulty,” the officer said.