Aftab Ameen Poonawala, who allegedly killed his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar in their Delhi apartment and dismembered her body, will appear in court today.
Delhi police say they want to detain the 28-year-old for at least another week to complete their investigation and collect all evidence. He’s been in jail for five days.
Police have yet to find the weapon used by Aftab Poonawala to cut his girlfriend’s body into 35 pieces after strangling her on May 18.
Although parts of her body have been found in the woods in Mehrauli near the couple’s apartment in Chhatarpur, her severed head – which Aftab reportedly kept in a refrigerator for days – has disappeared.
Sources have broken down the evidence so far and what police are still looking for.
What the police have
- Aftab’s confession
- Aftab bought a new refrigerator on May 19, a day after the murder, to store Shraddha’s body parts. The police have the shopkeeper’s statement and the bill.
- Statement from the shopkeeper who sold Aftab a knife that police suspect was used in the murder.
- Statement from Anil Singh, the doctor who sutured a wound on Aftab’s arm.
- Parts found in the woods have been sent for forensic testing.
- Blood found in the kitchen has been sent to forensics.
- The transaction details of Rs 54,000 that Aftab took from Shraddha’s bank account.
- Call data and phone location data
- Shraddha’s father Vikas Walkar’s testimony and friends’ statement.
- Found Shraddha’s bag in Aftab’s apartment.
What is still missing
- The knife or saw with which Shraddha’s body was cut into pieces
- Parts of her body are missing. Ten bags of body parts were found on Tuesday when police took Aftab into the forest.
- The clothes that Aftab and Shraddha wore on the day of the murder have not been found. Aftab has told the police that he threw away Shraddha’s blood-stained clothes in the garbage truck.
- Shraddha’s mobile phone has not been found.
The police have requested permission for a Narco test on Aftab.
A report of DNA testing to determine whether the body parts found in the forest belong to Shraddha will take 15 days, police say.
Police are also examining security footage and have asked for details from the dating app Bumble, where Aftab and Shraddha met three years ago.
Sources say investigations into the six-month-old murder depend on forensic reports, call records and circumstantial evidence as there are no witnesses.
Aftab has told the police that he disposed of Shraddha’s body parts one by one during 2 a.m. journeys to the forest over 18 days. No one saw him at that time.
Aftab is said to have killed Shraddha after a huge fight, three days after they took up residence in the apartment in South Delhi’s Chhatarpur.
They had left Mumbai in March after Shraddha fell out with her family, who disapproved of her relationship with Aftab.
The murder was discovered after Shraddha’s friends said they had not heard from her for over two months and her father had reported the kidnapping.
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