Aaftab Amin Poonawala, who was arrested on Saturday for brutally killing his live-in partner in Delhi had visited his parent’s place in Vasai of Palghar district of Maharashtra two weeks back to help family shift.
Aaftab is accused of strangling his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar and chopping her body into 35 pieces. He then stored her body in a 300-litre fridge for almost three weeks at his residence in South Delhi’s Mehrauli before dumping them across the city over several days, police said on Monday.
Aaftab Poonawala had visited Unique Park Housing Society in Vasai around 15 days back to move his family, sources in the society told The New Indian.
The Poonawalas had lived there for 20 years and there were no complaints against them.
The Poonawalas told their society members that they were shifting out of Palghar because their son had got a job in Mumbai.
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.
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.
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.