New Delhi [India]: Delhi Police, in its charge sheet, provided detailed information about the brutal murder of Shraddha Walkar and the circumstances surrounding how the accused, Aaftab Poonawala, carried out the crime. The police have also detailed Aaftab’s activities after the murder, including his execution of plans to dispose off Shraddha’s body.
The chargesheet reveals how the accused strangled Shraddha and how he disposed of the body parts one by one. The Delhi Police charge sheet disclosed that Aaftab was aggressive and used to beat Shraddha on petty issues.
To mislead the investigation, the accused earlier said that he used a stone crusher to dispose of Shraddha’s bones, and after grinding the bones and turning them to powder, he threw them on the road. However, the police said that he later retracted this statement.
The charge sheet also revealed that his earlier disclosure was only partially accurate. In addition to that, he further said that in his earlier disclosure statement, he had tried to mislead the police by giving a false statement that on May 18, 2022, after murdering Shraddha at a rented accommodation in Chattarpur Pahadi, he cut her body into pieces and burnt the bones of Shraddha and after grinding them with a stone grinder had thrown the powder away.
It was also revealed that he tormented and tortured Shraddha initially, who wanted to leave him but could not do so since she did not have a support system as she had no contact with her family.
According to the charge sheet, On May 18, 2022 evening, Shraddha was murdered. Then he bought one saw, three blades, a hammer and plastic clips to cut her body parts and dispose of them. He also bought a refrigerator to store them to avoid the stench.
The police charge sheet said that the accused shifted the body to the bathroom and cut the body into 17 pieces. On the first day, he cut her wrist and hand. He used to dispose of the body parts one by one.
He also got a cut on his hand while cutting the body of Shraddha, the charge sheet said.
The police charge sheet said that Aaftab sat on Shraddha’s chest and strangled her to death. He then chopped her body into pieces and stored them in the kitchen and fridge.
The charge sheet revealed Aaftab’s statement, “To get rid of her habit of quarrelling and abusing forever, I grabbed her and dropped her on the floor to kill her. Sitting on her chest, I held her throat tight with both my hands until she died. Her body was hidden in the bathroom. Then I planned to dispose of her dead body by cutting it into small pieces and putting it in a big briefcase and throwing it somewhere. I also bought a hammer, a horizontal saw and its three blades. After coming home, I cut both hands of Shraddha’s dead body with a wrist saw and kept it in polythene in the bathroom,”.
According to the chargesheet, Aaftab bought disinfectant from a shopping app to remove the blood stains that had spread across the floor after chopping the body.
The chargesheet said, “In the evening, I cut both the legs of Shraddha’s dead body from knees and ankle and packed them in a trash bag and kept the cut body parts in the freezer of the purchased fridge. After cutting the body parts, the blood spread. To clean it, I bought 2 bottles of Harpic Disinfectant, toilet cleaner, and bleach from the shopping app,”.
Aaftab had earlier planned to dispose of the body parts in a briefcase. However, he dropped the plan because he feared getting caught while disposing of them.
“On May 20, 2022, I had bought a big red coloured briefcase from Mehrauli market as part of planning to cut and dispose of the body. But I abandoned this plan for fear of being caught because the briefcase was heavy. Small pieces of her body had to be thrown at different places in the forest. I made the planning again. In the evening, her head and other body parts were cut off from her body, and after taking out her entrails from her stomach, I put them in polythene and in a big dustbin kept at the corner of 60 Futa Road, Chattarpur Pahadi,” the charge sheet revealed.”Other body parts were disposed at various places including Nallah forest near the cremation ground,” it added.
Aaftab destroyed the evidence using petrol at different places. He threw her head into the forest months after he killed Shraddha.
The charge sheet said, “I kept her head, torso and both forearms in the freezer for fear of being identified. After this, about three to four months after the incident, after disfiguring her head and face with a blow torch, I cut her hair and erased her identity. Her head, both forearms and torso were thrown in the same Chhattarpur Enclave forest. Her hair and clothes were thrown in a big dustbin placed at the corner of 60 Futa Road, Chattarpur Pahadi”.
” On December 23, 2022, during the course of the investigation, the exhibits were examined for DNA at CFSL, Lodhi Road, Delhi and Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) Hyderabad for extracting DNA for matching the same with the blood samples of father and brother of Shraddha”, the charge sheet stated.
The charge sheet attached Google Analysis, where it is established that Sharaddha’s account was logged in through Aaftab’s phone post-May 18.
The charge sheet also attached parallel locations of Aaftab’s phone and Shraddha’s phone post the offence of murder. Delhi Police has established through locations that post the murder, the phone of Shraddha was with Aaftab.
Additionally, it is also said that the parallel locations of the mobile phones of the accused Aaftab and Shraddha have been found to be from June 1, 2022, to June 8, 2022, in Mumbai.
On June 9, 2022, the train route from Mumbai to Delhi via Mathura, Nizamuddin Railway station and from June 10, 2022, to June 19, 2022, in Delhi, i.e. Chattarpur Pahari, was disclosed through Google location, the police said.The parallel location chart of the mobile number of Aaftab and Shradda after the murder of Shraddha, dated May 18 2022, is also attached.
It is also said, “On that day while cutting the wrists of Shraddha, I also got a minor cut on my left hand with saw due to which there was minor bleeding also from my hand.” He had placed the polythene containing both the hands of Shraddha in the lower cabinet of the kitchen under the water camper.
Delhi Police said in the charge sheet that he disposed off one thigh part of the body in the jungle of Chattarpur Pahari situated at MG Road on the following night of the murder.
It is also stated that over the next 4-5 days, he cut the body in 17 pieces, three pieces of each hand, three pieces of each leg, head, torso, two pieces of pelvis, and thumb, the charge sheet stated.
The police also said he went to Maharashtra to join Shraddha’s missing inquiry and, on the way, threw her phone and destroyed her credit card.After that, on 22-23 October, he went to Police Station Manik Pur, District Mira Bhayander, Maharashtra, to join the inquiry regarding a missing report of Shraddha that her father lodged, the charge sheet said.
On the way, he threw away the phone of Shraddha, her credit cards, debit cards and documents etc, in Bhayander Khadi after damaging them as “I was aware that Bhayander Khadi is very deep as I did my schooling at Bhayander.”
Delhi Police also disclosed that Aaftab met a girl through an online dating app, and she used to visit him.
Whenever the girl visited him, he would clean the refrigerator and store Shraddha’s body parts in the lower cabinet of the kitchen.
On May 13, another girl met Aaftab and Shraddha on an online app and helped them get a flat. Post the murder, Aaftab told that girl that Shraddha had moved out of the flat and ended their relationship, the charge sheet stated.
It is also stated that he asked the girl to contact Shraddha and find out if she is okay. He also told the girl that Shraddha had blocked him, and he could not reach her. So asked her to contact Shraddha and find out if she is okay.
As proof that Aaftab tried to kill her, Delhi Police has also provided a letter she wrote to Maharashtra police on November 23, 2020.