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Delhi News Highlights: Premature to provide any single theory, says Delhi Police on Shraddha Walkar murder case

Delhi murder case Highlights: The Delhi Police have formed multiple teams to visit Gurgaon, Mumbai, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in connection with the investigation into  Shraddha Walkar’s murder.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2022 22:32 IST
Aaftab Poonawala is accused of killing his 27-year-old live-in-partner Shraddha Walkar (PTI/File)

Delhi News Highlights:  The Delhi Police on Friday said that Aaftab Poonawala, who is accused of murdering his 27-year-old live-in-partner Shraddha Walkar, has tried to mislead the interrogators by claiming that she “had severed her relationship with him and had left their live-in rented accommodation”. In a status note, the police said, “Each uttering of the accused is being assessed upon the crucible of admissible evidentiary value. Multiple teams are camping outstation to recreate the lives of accused and (the victim) together; similarly, multiple teams are carrying out search operations to recover the missing skeletal parts. Several inter-disciplinary teams are working round the clock for documenting, finding discrepancies and further refining the versions and the motives being put forth by the accused.”

The Delhi Police have formed multiple teams to visit Gurgaon, Mumbai, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in connection with the investigation into  Shraddha Walkar’s murder. Officers said the teams will look for evidence that they haven’t been able to recover from Delhi, and will also question Walkar’s friends. Aaftab, meanwhile, will undergo a narco-analysis test in the next two-three days as a Delhi court has granted permission for the same.

The body of an unidentified young woman was found in a suitcase on the Yamuna Expressway in Mathura, personnel from the area’s Raya police station said, adding that she appears to be in her 20s. The body was found wrapped in plastic, inside a large red-coloured suitcase, and had blood on the face and head. In the evening, the area’s circle officer, Mahavan Alok Singh, said: “In the morning we received information about the suitcase, in which the body of a young woman was found. Efforts are on to identify her. It seems that she was murdered somewhere and her body was left here. There is a suspected gunshot wound near her shoulder; we will find out through a post-mortem whether it is indeed a gunshot.”

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The Delhi Police on Friday said that Aaftab Poonawala, who is accused of murdering his 27-year-old live-in-partner Shraddha Walkar, has tried to mislead the interrogators by claiming that she “had severed her relationship with him and had left their live-in rented accommodation”.

In a status note, the police said, “Each uttering of the accused is being assessed upon the crucible of admissible evidentiary value. Multiple teams are camping outstation to recreate the lives of accused and (the victim) together; similarly, multiple teams are carrying out search operations to recover the missing skeletal parts. Several inter-disciplinary teams are working round the clock for documenting, finding discrepancies and further refining the versions and the motives being put forth by the accused.”

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Aaftab, meanwhile, will undergo a narco-analysis test in the next two-three days as a Delhi court has granted permission for the same. His phone and other gadgets will be sent for forensic examination along with the suspected body pieces, mostly in the form of bones, that have been recovered from Delhi’s Mehrauli forest.

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Aaftab Poonawala and Shraddha Walkar met on a dating app in 2019. According to friends, they had a toxic, abusive relationship.

Aaftab, Shraddha ‘argued over who would spend to make trip to Mumbai’, say police

Aaftab Poonawala, the 28-year-old accused of killing his 27-year-old live-in partner Shraddha Walkar on May 18, chopping her body into over 30 parts and disposing them over 2-3 months, is learnt to have told police the two had recently been arguing over who would go to Mumbai to fetch their luggage to Delhi – since both of them were facing a cash crunch.

While Delhi police are taking everything with a grain of salt – on Wednesday they moved an application in court to conduct a narco test on Aaftab – investigators say he has pointed to money issues becoming a factor in the couple’s relationship of late, since both had left their jobs in Mumbai and backpacked across Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand before they came to Delhi and took up a house on rent for Rs 9,000.

Aaftab is learnt to have told police he refused Walkar’s request to fetch their belongings from Mumbai, and had also been urging her to vacate their shared apartment in South Delhi’s Chattarpur Pahadi.

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First published on: 17-11-2022 at 07:21 IST
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