Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday that Aaftab Amin Poonawala, who allegedly killed his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar and chopped her body into 35 pieces before dumping them in Delhi, “should be publicly hanged”. Shiv Sena leader of Uddhav Thackeray faction also issued a warning for women to be alert while trusting a person.
Shraddha’s killer must be hanged in public and our girls must be alert and trust everyone. Call it ‘Love Jihad’ or whatever, but it’s our girls who die,” Raut said, as quoted by news agency ANI. Raut continued that the law cannot do anything in cases like this, but “society has to come down” to deal with it.
Walker, a call center worker from Mumbai, was allegedly killed by her live-in partner Poonawala months after they moved to the national capital. They lived in a multi-storey apartment in New Delhi’s Chattarpur district.
Here’s what we know so far about the Shraddha Walkar murder case:
- Shraddha Walkar was strangled by Poonawala on May 18, according to police. He had kept her body parts in a newly bought fridge for weeks before he started dumping them around Delhi at 2am for several days.
- Walkar’s death came to light after her friends and family reported a missing person. During the investigation, the police caught Poonawala in several lies in his initial statement. The accused had tried to mislead both the Delhi and Mumbai police in the early days of the investigation.
- The breakthrough moment was when the police retrieved the couple’s bank statements showing a transaction from €54,000 from Walkar’s net bank account app to Poonawala’s account on May 26.
- Earlier on Tuesday, Delhi police took Poonawala to the forest area in Delhi’s Mehrauli – one of the locations where parts of Walkar’s body were suspected to be dumped. The recovered body parts have been sent for medical examination.
- Delhi Police also took the DNA samples from Shraddha’s father Vikas Walker to match the recovered body parts and blood sample. Police had reportedly found traces of blood in the kitchen of the two-bedroom apartment Walkar shared with Poonawala.
- Walkar’s head and the murder weapon have yet to be recovered. Her phone, which was reportedly discarded in Mumbai, has also yet to be recovered. Poonawala had tried to get rid of all the physical evidence linking the points to Shraddha’s murder, police said, leaving only the digital evidence to be erased.
- The police are also reportedly scanning the CCTV footage to find out which people Poonawala spoke to after the murder. A mutual friend of the couple is likely to be questioned in the case.
- At the same time, sources said that the Delhi police will conduct a narco test of Poonawala after the permission of a Delhi court. The tests could potentially help understand the killer’s mental state, police said.
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