Officials of the Delhi Police on Tuesday morning took butcher Aaftab Amin to the jungle of Mehrauli and many other places in South Delhi as they scrambled to recover 35 dismembered parts of his live-in partner Shraddha Madan’s body.
So far, the police have recovered as many as 14 body parts of Shraddha whom he lured into a relationship, eloped from Mumbai and killed her at a rented accommodation in Chhatarpur area.
Police are now combing through other places to locate the remaining parts.
According to police officials in Mumbai and Delhi, Shraddha and Aaftab came in contact through dating app Bumble in 2019 when she was working at a call centre in Malad.
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The parents of Shraddha, who is a Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) graduate, were against their relationship, but she rebelled and eloped with Aaftab to Delhi.
He strangled Shraddha on May 18 following a tiff, barely days after they started living together in a rented accommodation in Chhatarpur. With the calmness of a professional killer, Aftab first put the dead body in the bathroom and waited for the night to think about what should be done for its disposal.
After spending the night with Shraddha’s corpse, Aftab bought a refrigerator and an iron saw on May 19. With the precision of a chef, Aftab then chopped the body parts into 35 pieces. Each body part was wrapped separately in black plastic bags. He kept the bags in the refrigerator.
Shraddha’s severed head was found in Sanjay Van, a sprawling forest area near Mehrauli, sources told The New Indian.
The incident came to light when her father Vikas Madan lodged a missing person report at Mehrauli police station on November 8 after her phone went unreachable for a few days.
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Based on his complaint, the police registered an FIR and started the investigation. They first went to the house where Sharddha and Aftab used to live in rented accommodation. The house was locked, and Aftab was unavailable. With the help of technical surveillance, the police managed to arrest Aftab on Saturday.
During interrogation, Aftab told police that he first strangled her to death and then chopped her body parts into 35 pieces. To evade suspicion, he kept the body parts in the refrigerator and started disposing of them one by one, Aaftab told investigators.
He chose the midnight hours and Mehrauli jungles to dispose of the body. He would keep dumping the body parts for at least 20 days, the police said.
“Every night at 2 am, he would take one part of the body to dispose of in the jungle. That kept happening for 20 days,” said a police officer.