Sunday, November 27, 2022

Mehrauli killing: 3 persons record statements

A Delhi Police team called three persons in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on Sunday to record their statements in connection with the case of murder of call centre employee Shraddha Walkar, an official said.
The process of recording the statements was underway at the Vasai crime branch office, he said.
The three persons knew Walkar, the official said without giving more details.
Walkar (27) was allegedly murdered by her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala in Delhi in May this year.
The Delhi Police team is in Manikpur in Palghar district’s Vasai, which is the native area of the victim and where the couple had stayed before shifting to the national capital.
On Saturday, the Delhi Police team recorded statements of four persons in Palghar, including two men from whom Walkar had sought assistance after she was assaulted by Poonawala in 2020, officials earlier said.
The other two persons whose statements were recorded are a former manager of the call centre in Mumbai, where Shraddha was working, and her female friend. The Delhi Police on Sunday conducted fresh searches across the national capital, including the forest areas of Chhattarpur and the locality where Poonawala and Walkar used to live, officials said.
The police have scaled up the searches in Mehrauli and at Poonawala’s flat in a bid to recover remaining parts of Walkar’s body and the murder weapon, as his custody remand expires on Tuesday.
Poonawala allegedly strangled Walkar and sawed her body into 35 pieces which he kept in a 300-litre fridge for almost three weeks at his house in Mehrauli before dumping them across the city over several days past midnight.
The Delhi Police had on Friday sent teams to Maharashtra, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh to hunt for evidence in the case.
According to officials, after leaving Mumbai, Walkar and Poonawala had travelled to several locations, including Himachal Pradesh, and police are visiting these places to ascertain whether any development during those trips triggered Poonawala to kill his partner.
Cops empty Delhi pond looking for Walkar’s head
As investigation into the gruesome murder of Shraddha Walkar continues, Delhi Police today launched a search for the victim’s head in a pond in the city’s Mehrauli area, reports NDTV. According to sources, Shraddha’s boyfriend and the alleged killer, Aftab Poonawala, told the investigating team that he had dumped his girlfriend’s dismembered head in a pond. Following the sensational disclosure, a team of officers from Delhi Police, along with workers from MCD, today started emptying out the water from a Mehrauli pond. Shraddha and Aftab had moved to Delhi from Mumbai in May this year and were live-in partners at a rented apartment in Chhatarpur. Following an argument over expenses and infidelity, Aftab reportedly strangled Shraddha to death. He later cut up her body into 35 pieces and kept them in a fridge at their apartment, before disposing them of in a jungle in Mehrauli over 18 days, police had said.

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