NEW DELHI: Details of a shocking murder emerged on Monday from Delhi, where a man killed his live-in partner and chopped off her body parts in 35 pieces distributing them across Delhis’ Mehrauli forest over a period of 18 days. The Delhi police on Saturday arrested Aftab Poonawalla, a senior officer said on Monday.
Preliminary investigation revealed the couple had a tiff following which Aftab killed Shradda, his live-in partner, and stored in a refrigerator that he had specifically bought for this. The police interacting with the media said that arrest was sought based on a complaint filed by the victim’s father who says he hadn’t spoken to her for a while now.
Citing Poonawalla’s interrogation, police said the couple had a heated argument on May 18 which turned violent. The accused allegedly smothered Shraddha. Aftab has been sent into 5-day police custody. Police said the woman’s family filed a complaint with the Mehrauli police after noticing that she hadn’t been uploading photographs on her social media accounts. The officer said they brought in her live-in partner for questioning and found gaps in his explanation for her absence.
As per reports, the woman worked in a call center in Mumbai where she came in contact with the accused. As their parents did not approve of their relationship, the couple at some point time moved out to Delhi and started living in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area.