Delhi murder: Aftab Ameen Poonawala burnt Shraddha Walkar's face after killing her, says report
New Delhi/IBNS: The accused in the sensational Delhi murder, Aftab Ameen Poonawala, burnt his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar's face after allegedly strangulating her and chopping the body into 35 pieces to rule out the possibility of identification, Delhi Police sources have revealed to the media.
Twenty-eight-year-old Aftab, sources said, has told police that he found such information on how to conceal evidence on the internet.
Earlier reports have said that he was also "inspired" by crime shows, including Dexter.
On the fateful evening of the murder (May 18), Aaftab Ameen Poonawala and Shraddha Walkar were having arguments over monthly household expenses in their apartment in Delhi's Mehrauli, investigations have revealed as per media reports.
On May 18, their fight began over buying some household items and escalated as some other issues came in.
Sometime between 8 and 10 pm, Aftab Poonawala strangled Shraddha Walkar to death, media reports said quoting police sources.
Shraddha's friends and the couple's earlier landlords in Vasai near Mumbai too told NDTV that they had regular quarrels, mostly over suspicions of cheating on each other.
Aftab, who had met his partner Shraddha Walkar in an online dating app, moved together to a place in Delhi's Mehrauli in May this year.
Being inspired by Dexter, the accused then bought a saw to chop Shraddha's body and a 300-litre refrigerator to store the 35 pieces for 18 days.
The Delhi police Tuesday took accused Aaftab Ameen Poonawala, 28, to the forest area, where he allegedly threw Shraddha's body parts after murdering her.
The search operation went on for three hours and at least 10 body parts have been found.
The victim's father, Vikas Walkar, on Tuesday, demanded the death penalty for Aftab, while also suspecting a "love jihad" angle behind the incident.
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.
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.
For 18 days after murdering Shraddha on May 18, Aaftab disposed of the pieces in different areas of the Mehrauli forest, they added.
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.