NEW DELHI: Aaftab Poonawala, who allegedly killed his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar and chopped her to pieces in May last year, had initially planned to dispose of the body parts in Himachal Pradesh, where the two had holidayed earlier, according to a chargesheet filed by Delhi Police. To this end, he had bought a large black bag worth Rs 1,200 and even contacted some cabbies to take him to the hill state. However, he cancelled the plan later over fears of getting caught on the way.
“He then remembered the area around his friend Badri’s house, where he would often smoke on the terrace, and decided to dump the parts in the jungles he saw from there,” a source said.
Shocking revelations in Shraddha Walkar murder case
<p>Police on Tuesday filed their chargesheet in the Shraddha Walkar murder case, charging her live-in partner, Aaftab Poonawala, with murder and destruction of evidence.</p>
<p>The chargesheet was filed in the court of metropolitan magistrate Aviral Shukla. It was filed in 75 days. It will be put up for consideration on February 7, 2023.<br /></p>
<p>Filed two weeks before the deadline, it meets the requirement for police to file charges within three months of the arrest of a person. A supplementary report will be filed by next month. <br /></p>
<p>Chargesheet says that Aaftab, 28, and Shraddha, 27, had a fight on their ‘anniversary’ (the day they had first met) on May 17, 2022.<br /></p>
<p>After fight, Shraddha went to a male friend’s house. When she returned the next day, he killed her and chopped up her body, says chargesheet.<br /></p>
<p>Body was chopped into 15-20 pieces, Aaftab said.<br /></p>
<p>According to police, the killing was not in a fit of rage or pre-planned, Aaftab wanted to get rid of her as emotions in the relationship had started dying.<br /></p>
<p>Cops say narco analysis and polygraph report match with the line of investigation and there was enough circumstantial evidence to establish that he had murdered his partner.<br /></p>
<p>As per the chargesheet, Aaftab used several implements to chop the body, including a knife, scissors and a saw. While police recovered some of them, they found no trace of blood on them. <br /></p>
<p>Putting on record the recovery of 18 pieces of the victim’s body, all confirmed by forensic and other advanced tests to belong to Shraddha, police have backed their claims of murder with circumstantial and technical evidence.<br /></p>
<p>Shraddh’s complaint to Mumbai Police about Aaftab’s threat that he would chop her body into pieces has been duly recorded in the chargesheet.<br /></p>
<p>Shraddha’s conversations with her former work manager where she speaks about Aaftab assaulting her was part of the investigation and is mentioned in the chargesheet.<br /></p>
<p>The witnesses include the male friend who Shraddha went to meet, her family members, friends, her former work manager, the couple’s common friend Badri, the hardware shop owner who sold him the cutting implements. <br /></p>
<p>CCTV footage, GPS locations, layered voice analysis test report, DNA and mitochondrial DNA reports, Shraddha’s statement.</p>
<p>CCTV footage from Chhatarpur Pahadi and Gurgaon showed Aaftab leaving his house with a bag in the wee hours allegedly to dispose of body pieces<br /></p>
<p>The body parts which were found include limbs, forehand, jaws and hair, along with flesh. The hair was found in Gurugram and rest of the parts in jungle areas of Mehrauli.</p>
<p>The gory murder came to light on November 8, 2022, when the Manikpur police in Maharashtra published details of a missing woman. On November 9, a report on a missing woman was registered at Mehrauli police station in Delhi.<br /></p>
<p>Nine teams formed; special investigating team formed under DCP, south; teams wentto Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gurugram, Haryana and Delhi.</p>
To keep Shraddha “alive”, Aaftab kept using her mobile phone for at least 10-12 days after the murder in a bid to mislead future investigation and confuse cops about when she was killed, the police investigation has revealed. “If any call came on Shraddha’s mobile, Aftab used to receive it and not say anything. He also used to call Shraddha’s friends from her mobile and when someone used to receive the call, he used to keep the phone on the side but stay silent,” the source added.
Aaftab’s plan, said sources, was that if the murder came to light and Shraddha’s mobile phone was scanned, people would assume she was alive at the time.
According to sources, Aaftab cut most of the body into pieces in the flat’s bathroom the night of the murder. He ensured the parts were very small and didn’t resemble a human body. Not only that, he also burnt the fingers and nails.
“On May 18, Shraddha reached the Chhatarpur flat around 11am, which was recorded in CCTV footage. As soon as she entered the house, there was an argument. Aaftab got angry on seeing Shraddha and asked where she had been the entire night. She asked him to mind his own business and said she would do whatever she wanted. Aaftab got enraged and thrashed Shraddha,” an official said, citing the chargesheet.
“A little later, both of them became normal and ordered food online. Around evening, just before having the food, Aaftab again got angry with Shraddha for not returning the previous night. He then sat on her and strangled her,” the official said.
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