Sajjad Mughal, convicted for killing Mumbai law professional Pallavi Purkayastha and on the run after jumping parole, called one of his relatives in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, on June 29, the local police have claimed. In the conversation that lasted about two minutes, Sajjad reportedly asked his relative to tell the police to stop “harassing” his family, as he would “surrender in a day or two”.
Confirming that the call has been traced to Mumbai, Baramulla police said it is a crucial lead and can help track Sajjad.
But Nashik Police Commi-ssioner S Jagannathan said he was unaware of any such development. A two-member team from Nashik police is at present in Uri, Baramulla. They questioned Sajjad’s family on Thursday.
Sajjad was in Nashik jail, and had fled while on parole.
A police officer from Baramulla said Sajjad had called his maternal uncle at 7.15 pm on June 29 from a cellphone number that has been traced to Mumbai. “When we tried calling back, someone else picked up, saying Sajjad had used his cellphone to make the call,” the officer said. “Mughal told his uncle that he would surrender to the jail authorities in a day or two and the police should not give more trouble to his parents.”