A man was arrested and sent for five days in police custody for allegedly strangling his live-in partner and chopping her body into 35 pieces before dumping them in Delhi’s Mehrauli forest over 18 days in May 2022. The man would go out at 2 am every day to dump the body parts but was eventually caught and charged with the crime.
On May 18, Aftab Ameen Poonawala killed his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar by strangling her during an argument. He then proceeded to dismember her body and kept the pieces in a 300-liter fridge. Over the course of the next 18 days, he dumped the remains in different areas of forests around Delhi.
26-year-old Shraddha met Poonawala while working in an MNC as a call center executive in Mumbai. They started dating and moved in together, but her family disapproved of the relationship, so the couple eloped to Delhi. In September, Shraddha’s friend told her brother that her mobile phone had been switched off for over two months and her family also noticed that she hadn’t been active on social media.
In November, the victim’s father grew suspicious of Poonawala’s involvement in his daughter’s disappearance and approached the police. After finding the flat locked, he filed a kidnapping complaint with Mehrauli police.
On Saturday, police arrested Poonawala after he confessed to murdering Shraddha during an investigation. The two had fought frequently because Shraddha wanted to marry Poonawala. Poonawala told police how he killed her and disposed of her body. Some remains were recovered from the forest, but it is not known if they are human remains. The murderer used a knife that has not been found yet.
The family of Aftab Ameen Poonawala, accused of murdering his live-in partner Shraddha Walker, left their home near Mumbai about two weeks ago. Aftab was supposedly home to help the family move, according to what Neighbours said. Aftab’s family has been living in this society for nearly 20 years. He grew up here,” said the housing society chairman Ramdas Kewat, adding, “We are in deep shock.
Aftab’s father works in Mumbai and his younger brother recently got a job in the city as well. The Neighbours say that when they asked him why they were vacating the house, Aftab’s father said they were moving to Mumbai to be closer to where both he and his younger son work. “When I asked his father why they were moving, they said since both he and his younger son work in Mumbai, it made sense to shift to the city,” said the society’s secretary Abdulla Khan.