The Delhi Police got a big success on Sunday in the famous Shraddha murder case. Intensifying the search operation for Shraddha Walkar’s remains, the Delhi Police on Sunday recovered parts of the skull and some bones from a forest area and deployed teams to empty a pond in south Delhi’s Maidangarhi. Sources gave this information. According to the police, Poonawalla allegedly strangulated Walkar (27) to death on May 18 and kept his body cut into 35 pieces and kept it in a 300-litre fridge for about three weeks at his residence in south Delhi’s Mehrauli.
He had been throwing these pieces at many places in the city after midnight for several days. The police took the accused Aftab Poonawala to the flat where he and Shraddha lived to collect more evidence. Meanwhile, in view of Aftab’s narco test, a meeting was held between the officials of Delhi Police and Rohini’s Forensic Science Laboratory. Through this test, the police is expected to get some important clues from the accused.
Aftab will have narco test
A senior official of the Rohini Forensic Science Laboratory said, “Our several teams of forensic experts held detailed discussions with Delhi Police officials regarding the narco analysis test and are preparing for the same.” A Delhi court on Thursday The police were directed to complete the narco test within five days and also made it clear that they cannot use ‘third degree’ on him.
Investigation continues in Maharashtra as well
Meanwhile, an official in Palghar, Maharashtra said that a team of Delhi Police is present in Palghar’s Vasai on Sunday as well and has summoned three people to record their statements in connection with the murder. He told that the process of recording the statement is going on in the office of Vasai Crime Branch. Officials had earlier told that the Delhi Police team had recorded the statements of four people in Palghar on Saturday. According to him, two of these four are the persons from whom Shraddha had sought help in 2020 after being harassed by Aftab.
Among the other two people, one is the former manager of the call center in Mumbai where Walkar worked and the other is a woman who was a friend of Walkar. According to sources, the police recovered the skull and other body parts, mostly bone fragments, on the third day of extensive searches in the forest areas of Mehrauli and Gurgaon in the Delhi-NCR region. These will be sent for forensic investigation.
Body parts are being searched in Delhi
Delhi Police along with the teams of Municipal Corporation of Delhi are engaged in extracting water from a pond since Sunday afternoon. The exercise began after Aftab claimed that he had thrown Shraddha’s head and some other remains into the reservoir. Mahavir Pradhan, president of the village’s Residents Welfare Association (RWA), said, “We have heard that some parts of the body were dumped here and a search is on. They are taking out water from the pond. It is connected to tube wells in the pond area.” supplies water to
They said that they are ready to help the police, but instead of emptying the pond, there could have been some other way to recover the body parts. “Divers could have been deployed to search for body parts,” he said. Sources associated with the investigation said Aftab claimed that he burnt three photographs of Shraddha after killing her in the kitchen. During interrogation, the accused said that he had developed hatred for Shraddha and after killing her, went through various items belonging to her.
The search of Aftab’s flat
Three large photographs of Shraddha were in her bedroom, including two solo photographs from her Uttarakhand tour and a 2020 photograph of the couple near the Gateway of India in Mumbai. During interrogation, he said that he wanted to destroy every evidence related to Shraddha in the house. The police have recovered a bag of belongings including Shraddha’s shoes and clothes from the house.
Police are searching for evidence to try Shraddha in court for her murder, but it remains a challenging task, almost six months after the crime was discovered. According to experts here, circumstantial evidence and forensic investigation are important in such cases.
Former Commissioner of Delhi Police S. N. Srivastava said that this is a six-month-old murder case and the crime scene has been cleared and the police is solely relying on the confession of the accused, who appears to be a “shrewd” person. He told ‘PTI-‘, “This is going to be a very difficult case and the help of all the institutions of the criminal justice system will be required in this matter.” The police will do what they can, but the court will also have to understand the situation and act accordingly.”