“If Aaftab Poonawala has done everything he has claimed during the interrogation, he must be hanged,” said Vikas Walkar, father of the 27-year-old Shraddha Walkar, who was allegedly killed by her live-in partner Poonawala at their rented flat in South Delhi’s Mehrauli in May this year. Both the accused and victim hail from Vasai in Maharashtra’s Palghar district and met on a dating app in 2019.
The incident came to light six months after the murder. Poonawala was arrested on Saturday. He allegedly chopped Shraddha’s body into 35 pieces and spent almost three months dumping them in the forest area nearby. Senior Delhi Police officers on Tuesday took Poonawala to the Mehrauli forest area to recover Shraddha’s body parts.
During investigations, it has been revealed that the couple would often fight over petty issues. Shraddha is survived by her father and brother. Her mother died two years ago. The family said they did not know much about her relationship as they had not been in touch once Shraddha moved to Delhi.
“I knew she was in a toxic relationship with that boy. I tried stopping her but she wouldn’t listen,” said the father, adding that they had last spoken on the phone in 2021.
He and his son accompanied the police to the Mehrauli forest area to look for body pieces. The family had thought their daughter did not want to be in touch with them. They had approached the Mumbai police in September after her friends told them that her phone had been switched off for over two months and she was not in touch with any of them.
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