6 months after woman’s gruesome murder, live-in partner held in Delhi

After committing the gruesome murder, the accused chopped and disposed 35 pieces of the body at different places in and around the city. He is said to have been inspired by web series like Dexter.

6 months after woman’s gruesome murder, live-in partner held in Delhi

Photographs of the victim and the accused

The Delhi Police have solved a six-month-old gruesome murder case of a 28-year-old woman in the National Capital and arrested a man for allegedly killing his live-in partner, chopping her body into 35 pieces and disposing of them at different places in and around the city.

The accused in the horrific murder case, had watched many crime movies and web series including ‘Dexter’ before committing the crime, Delhi Police sources revealed.

The accused identified as Aftab Amin Poonawalla, 28, a resident of Mumbai, was caught on Saturday on the basis of the deceased’s father’s complaint and has been sent to police remand for five days, the police said today.


Officials said the victim, identified as Shraddha Walker from Mumbai, met the accused while working at a call center in Mumbai.

“The two got together via a dating app in Mumbai. They were in a live-in relationship for three years and had shifted to Delhi. Soon after the two shifted to Delhi, Shraddha started pressurising the man to marry her,” Additional DCP-I South Delhi Ankit Chauhan said.

“The two quarrelled frequently and it used to get out of control. In this particular instance that occurred on May 18, the man lost his temper and strangled her,” Chouhan said.

“The accused told us that he chopped her into pieces and disposed of her parts in nearby areas in the jungle area of Chhatarpur Enclave. He has been arrested and an investigation is going on,” Chouhan added.

The accused allegedly chopped her body into 35 pieces, bought a refrigerator and kept them in it. He later started disposing of the body pieces at different locations in and around Delhi during night hours for the next 18 days, sources said.

The sources further said, Aftab used to sleep every day in the same room where he had chopped the body after killing Shraddha. He used to see the face after keeping it in the fridge. Aftab had cleaned the fridge after disposing of the body parts.

The sources said Aftab had relations with many girls even before Shraddha. Before committing the crime, he also watched many crime movies and web series, including the American crime drama series Dexter.

In September, the victim’s friend informed her family that there was no contact with Shradhha for the last two and a half months and her mobile number was also switched off. Her family also checked her social media accounts and found no updates during this period.

In November, the victim’s father Vikash Madan Walker, a resident of Palghar (Maharashtra), approached Mumbai police and lodged a missing person’s complaint.

During the initial investigation, the victim’s last location was found in Delhi, and on the basis of this, the case was transferred to Delhi police.

The victim’s father told the police about his daughter’s relationship with Aftab and suspected his involvement in his daughter’s absence.

During the investigation, it was found that Aaftab and Shraddha had come to Delhi and started living in a rented apartment in Chattarpur Pahari area. The police during the course of the investigation, traced Aftab and nabbed him.

The accused, during questioning, confessed to the crime and said that they fought often as Shraddha was pressurising him for marriage.

“The accused has been arrested and a case under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of an offence committed) has been registered at Mehrauli police station,” officials said.

Police also recovered some bones recovered from the accused’s rented flat and officials said that the efforts to recover the remaining parts of the body were on.