A 28-year-old man allegedly strangled his live-in partner and sawed her body into 35 pieces, which he kept in a 300-litre refrigerator at his home in Mehrauli, South Delhi, for nearly three weeks before being sent through the police for several days. city dumped. .
In a gripping tale of betrayal and subterfuge, the accused, a trained chef, evaded detection for six months, continued to live in the home they shared and was only arrested early on Saturday after details of the murder and its gruesome aftermath emerged. came to light during his interrogation.
Aaftab Amin Poonawala told the police during the investigation that he killed Shraddha Walkar after an argument over marriage and that the idea of dismembering her body was inspired by “Dexter”, an American TV crime series.
He not only bought the refrigerator to keep the body parts, but also kept incense sticks and room fresheners to quell the foul smell emanating from the corpse.
The accused stepped out after midnight with body parts wrapped in plastic bags and painstakingly planned which body parts to dispose of first, depending on which part began to decompose at the earliest, police said.
Here are the 6 things you should know about the Aaftab Amin Poonawala:
1. A native of Vasai, Aaftab completed his education from St. Francis High School and graduated with a BMS degree from LS Raheja College in Mumbai.
2. Poonawala is a food blogger by profession and runs a food blog on Instagram named ‘HungryChokro’ which has more than 28,000 followers.
3. Poonawala met Shraddha Vikas Walkar while working in a call center in Mumbai. Before meeting him, Shraddha lived in Regal Apartment in Sanskruti Complex, Vasai West. The suspect also lived nearby.
The due fell in love while working together. However, when their families refused to accept their relationship, the couple moved to Delhi and took up residence in a rented apartment in the Chhatarpur area, Mehrauli.
4. On May 18, the couple had a heated argument about marriage, after which Poonawala strangled Shraddha. He then chopped her body into 35 pieces and scattered them around the city over a period of 18 days.
5. According to police officials, 13 body parts were found after the suspect located the areas where he had thrown them, but it is only after their forensic examination that it can be confirmed whether they belong to the victim. They have yet to find the murder weapon.
6. During the weeks following the murder, Poonawala allegedly kept in touch with the woman’s friends through her social media accounts so as not to arouse suspicion.