Aftab Amin Poonawalla, the accused in the gruesome murder case in Delhi, had googled method of blood cleaning and read about human anatomy after murdering his live-in partner Shraddha, claimed Delhi Police on Monday.
Delhi Police interrogation revealed that Aftab killed Shraddha on May 18 and later started planning for disposal of the body. He told police that he had read about human anatomy so that it could help him in chopping off the body.
Police said that they have seized the electronic gadgets of Aftab and it will be checked thoroughly. After verifying gadgets and Google search history, police can establish Aftab’s confession.
Delhi Police solved a six-month-old murder case, and arrested a man for allegedly killing his 28-year-old live-in partner, chopping her body into 35 pieces and disposing of them at different places in and around the national capital.
The accused identified as Aftab Amin Poonawalla (28), a resident of Mumbai, was caught on Saturday on the basis of the victim’s father’s complaint and has been sent to police remand for five days, the police said on Monday.
Aftab and Shraddha met on a dating site and later moved in together at a rented accommodation in Chhatarpur. Delhi police received a complaint from Shraddha’s ‘father and registered an FIR on November 10.
Police said that Aftab, after searching on Google, cleaned blood stained from the floor with some chemicals and disposed stained clothes. He shifted the body in bathroom and bought a refrigerator from a nearby shop. Later, he chopped the body into small pieces and put them in the fridge.
Officials said that Shraddha Walkar (27) from Mumbai, met Aftab while working at a call center in Mumbai.
“The two got together via a dating app in Mumbai. They were in a live-in relationship for three years and had shifted to Delhi. Soon after the two shifted to Delhi, Shraddha started pressurizing the man to marry her,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South Delhi Ankit Chauhan told ANI.
“The two quarrelled frequently and it used to get out of control. In this particular instance that occurred on May 18, the man lost his temper and strangled her,” said Mr Chouhan.
“The accused told us that he chopped her into pieces and disposed of her parts in nearby areas in the jungle area of Chhatarpur Enclave. He has been arrested and investigation is going on,” added DCP Chouhan.
Aftab allegedly chopped her body into 35 pieces, bought a refrigerator and kept them in it. He later started disposing of the body pieces at different locations in and around Delhi during night hours for the next 18 days, sources told ANI.
Sources further said, Aftab used to sleep every day in the same room where he had chopped the body after killing Shraddha. Aftab had cleaned the fridge after disposing the body parts.
In September, Shraddha’s friend informed her family that there was no contact with Shradhha for the last two and a half months and her mobile number was also switched off. Her family also checked her social media accounts and found no updates during this period.
In November, Shraddha’s father Vikash Madan Walkar, a resident of Palghar (Maharashtra), approached Mumbai police and lodged a missing person’s complaint.
During the initial investigation, Shraddha’s last location was found in Delhi, and on the basis of this, the case was transferred to Delhi police.
Shraddha’s father told the police about his daughter’s relationship with Aftab and suspected his involvement in his daughter’s absence.
During the investigation, it was found that Aaftab and Shraddha had come to Delhi and started living in a rented apartment in Chhattarpur Pahadi area. The police during the course of the investigation, traced Aftab and caught him.
Aftab, during questioning, confessed to the crime and said that they fought often as Shraddha was pressurizing him for marriage.
“The accused has been arrested and a case under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of an offence committed) has been registered at Mehrauli police station,” officials said.
Police also recovered some bones from Aftab’s rented flat and officials said that the efforts to recover the remaining parts of the body were on.
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