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Boyfriend of lawyer who was killed in Mumbai flat dies

The cause of death is septic shock and multiple organ failure,said a hospital source.

Written by SUKANYA SHANTHA | Mumbai |
November 15, 2013 2:16:32 am

Over a year after lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha,25,was allegedly molested and killed by a security guard in her Wadala flat,her live-in partner Avik Sengupta,27,a prime witness in the case,died at the Hinduja hospital here on Thursday.

According to hospital authorities,Sengupta had been admitted for treatment of inflammatory brain disorder.

“The cause of death is septic shock and multiple organ failure,” said a hospital source.

“His condition worsened despite all possible treatment. He was hospitalised for a total of six weeks,” said Dr Roop Gursahani,neurologist.

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“He had developed infection in the brain,” said Sengupta’s friend who did not wish to be named,adding that he had been depressed since Pallavi’s death.

Pallavi was killed on August 9 last year. The accused,Sajjad Ahmad Mughal alias Sajjad Pathan,22,was arrested and is facing trial. Sengupta testified before the court in August this year. “He stuck to the prosecution’s case. He was the complainant in the case,” said an officer.

“Sengupta identified Pathan in court. He testified that Pathan would stare at Pallavi,which made her uncomfortable,” said Pathan’s lawyer,Abdul Wahab Khan.

According to the chargesheet,Pathan went to Pallavi’s flat when she was alone and attacked her. The body was found by Sengupta when he returned home from work.

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