Delhi police takes Aaftab Ameen Poonawala to Mehrauli forest to search for Shraddha's body parts
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday took Aaftab Ameen Poonawala, who allegedly killed his live-in girlfriend, cut up her body and dumped the parts across Delhi, to Mehrauli forest area as a part of the investigation in the chilling case dominating national headlines.
The forest area remained one of the spots where Aftab reportedly dumped the body parts of Shraddha in phases.
Aaftab was brought out of Mehrauli Police Station and taken to the jungle to recover the body parts he dumped one by one at different spots. Not all her body parts have been found.
Police are also trying to recover the murder weapon used to chop Shraddha's body into pieces, reports India Today.
According to Delhi Police, Aaftab also dumped Shraddha's phone and her last location is being traced so that it can be retrieved, the news channel reported.
What is the case all about?
In a shocking case, Aaftab Ameen Poonawala allegedly strangled his live-in partner, then chopped her body into 35 pieces, stored them in his fridge and dumped them in Delhi's Mehrauli forest over 18 days, media reports said.
He got away with the murder for five to six months.
Every morning at 2 am, he would step out to dump the body parts, reports said.
The 28-year-old has been sent to five days in police custody after he was arrested from his flat.
He allegedly strangled his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar on May 18 after they had a fight.
He then chopped her body into 35 pieces and bought a 300-litre fridge to keep them, police said.
Over the next 18 days, he disposed of the pieces in different areas of the Mehrauli forest, they added. In fact, the accused bought a new fridge to store the body pieces.
During the questioning, Aaftab told the police that he and Shraddha had a rocky relationship and often indulged in fights.
He said that Shraddha had been pressuring him to get married and they would frequently quarrel about it.
Where did Shraddha meet Aaftab?
26-year-old Shraddha used to work at the call centre for a multinational company in Mumbai, where she met Poonawala.
The two started dating and moved in together. After her family did not approve of their relationship, the couple eloped to Delhi and started living in a flat in Mehrauli.
In September, Shraddha's friend informed her brother that her mobile phone had been switched off for over two months. This is when the family also checked her social media accounts and found no updates during this period.
In November, her father, Vikash Madan Walker, approached Mumbai police and lodged a missing person complaint.
During the initial investigation, the victim'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 Poonawala and suspected he is involved in her disappearance.
On November 8, Vikas Madaan Walkar came to Delhi to check on his daughter and found a lock on her flat. He approached the Mehrauli Police and filed a complaint alleging kidnapping.
In his complaint, Walkar alleged that Shraddha had earlier told him that Poonawala used to frequently beat her.
On the basis of this complaint, police arrested Poonawala on Saturday.
मीडिया के अनुसार आफ़ताब ने जिस फ्रिज में श्रद्धा के शरीर के टुकड़े रखे उसी फ्रिज में खाना रखता था। जब शरीर के टुकड़े घर में थे तब दूसरी लड़की को भी घर लाता था। क्राइम शो देखता था। ये शायद मेरी ज़िंदगी के सबसे ख़ौफ़नाक केसों में से एक है। आफ़ताब को सख़्त से सख़्त सज़ा होनी चाहिए!— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) November 15, 2022
Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal said this is the most scary incident she has witnessed in her life.
Inspired by Dexter?
Interestingly, the case has brought popular American series Dexter to the limelight.
According to reports, Aaftab Poonawala has revealed to the police that he was inspired by the show to hack and discard his partner’s body.
Dexter is an American crime drama television series that aired on Showtime from October 1, 2006, to September 22, 2013.
Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a forensic technician specializing in bloodstain pattern analysis for the fictional Miami Metro Police Department, who leads a secret parallel life as a vigilante serial killer, hunting down murderers who have not been adequately punished by the justice system due to corruption or legal technicalities.
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