Mehrauli murder: Aftab used Shraddha’s Insta until June

New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS): An inquest into the gruesome murder of Shraddha Walkar has revealed that defendant Aftab Ameen Poonawalla used her Instagram account until June to make it look like she was alive, it said on Tuesday a manager.

Poonawalla was arrested on Saturday for killing his partner on May 18 in the national capital’s Mehrauli area and cutting the body into 35 pieces before dumping them in the Mehrauli forest area over an 18-day period. Investigators said police teams were scanning his phone to find out more.

“He was using his Instagram account to avoid suspicion from his friends,” an official said, adding that police teams were checking his cellphone details.

The family of Shraddha, 26, claimed that sometimes she used to inform her mother that Aftab was beating her.

According to the FIR, the victim’s family disagreed with the relationship, following which they said she was 25 and had the right to make her own decisions.

“Later she left home and lived with Aftab. Sometimes she used to inform her mother that Aftab beat her. About 15-20 days after her mother died in 2020, she called her father and informed him,” FIR said.

“She met me and when I asked her to leave Poonawala and go home, Poonawala apologized to her and she went back to him. She did not listen to my request because of which I stopped talking to him for several months,” FIR said.

The victim’s parents have been separated since 2016. In 2018, Sharddha’s father learned that she was in a relationship with Poonawala.

Police said that after cutting the woman’s body into pieces on May 18, the defendant bought a brand new refrigerator with large storage capacity the next day and stored the body parts there. To counter the stench, he lit incense sticks in his home.

Aftab was reportedly inspired by the American detective show “Dexter”, which tells the story of a man with murderous tendencies who leads a double life.

As a trained chef, Aftab was adept at using the knife, sources said. However, the knife used in the crime has not yet been found. Aftab was taken to the Mehrauli forest area by police on Monday to collect the body parts he had discarded there.

He had dumped the body parts in various places over an 18-day period. To avoid suspicion, he used to leave his house with a body part in a polybag around 2 a.m.