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Shraddha Walkar’s Murder, the Police to Interrogate Aftab’s Parents

Aftab’s parents recently shifted residence from Vasai to Mira Road

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Raju Vernekar
Raju Vernekar
Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

INDIA: While Delhi police are investigating the brutal murder of Shraddha Vikas Walkar (26), allegedly by her live-in partner Aftab Amin Poonawalla (28), in New Delhi on May 18, the Vasai police are likely to interrogate Aftab’s parents since they recently shifted residence from Vasai to Mira Road on the outskirts of Mumbai.

Aftab reportedly called on his parents, who reside at the “Unique Complex, Diwanman,” located at Vasai West, before he was arrested on November 12. He met his father, mother, and younger brother. He also spoke to a couple of people, including the housing society secretary, Abdulla Khan. 

Subsequently, the Poonawallas shifted their residence to Mira Road. They are missing after Manikpur (Vasai) police issued a summons to them. The police are wondering whether they had an inkling of their son’s misdeeds.

The police sources said that they would interrogate the Poonawallas to find out whether they knew about the ghastly crime soon.

The crime began unfolding when Shradha’s colleague Laxman Nadar contacted her father Vikas Walkar (59) somewhere in September and informed him about her phone remaining switched off for a long time. Then Walkar approached the Manikpur police, who initially refused to register the missing complaint due to a jurisdictional issue.

Subsequently, they registered the complaint on October 12 at the instance of a higher official. They traced Aftab’s location through call data and called him to Vasai on November 3 for interrogation.

Then the case was transferred to Mehrauli Police Station, South Delhi district, which registered the FIR on November 10 based on the statement of Walkar.

An investigation was initiated, during which the police found that Aftab, with whom Shraddha was in a live-in relationship, allegedly killed her in May.

He reportedly chopped her into 35 pieces and disposed of them one by one. Now, Delhi’s District Court Saket has given permission to conduct a narcotics analysis test on Aftab.

Shraddha was working as a customer service representative when she was elevated to team leader at an IT firm that supports hyperlocal commerce and is located in Malad, in north Mumbai.

She was residing at the Sanskruti Complex in Vasai West. Shraddha’s mother, Suman, passed away on January 23, 2020. She has a brother, Srijay.

She went to a junior college in Diwanman studied bachelor of management studies at a Santacruz college, left midway, and went to Pune to do “business.” Both met on the dating app “Bumble.”

Both have been in live-in relationships since 2018. They resided at the Yashwant Pride Kini Complex in Naigaon in 2019. In July 2020, they shifted to Regal Apartments in the Evershine Complex in Vasai.

In August 2021, they shifted to another place after the live-and-license agreement expired. Thereafter, they shifted to the Mehrauli area of New Delhi in March.

While Vikas Walkar burst out in anger, saying Aftab should be hanged, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut too echoed similar sentiments, saying such people should be hanged in the open market.

Call it love-jihad or something else, but our girls are dying. No one should bring politics into such matters. “If someone does politics in this matter too, he is an enemy of society,” he added.

In Vasai, Shiv Sena activists staged protest demonstrations and hung a symbolic effigy of Aftab on the Ambadi bridge on Wednesday.

The agitation was led by District Coordinator Kiran Chendvankar. They demanded that Aftab be hanged in a public place. The police later confiscated the effigy.

The BJP activists, led by MLA Ram Kadam, held demonstrations in Ghatkopar in north-east Mumbai and demanded stringent punishment for the accused, terming the unfortunate incident as “love jihad.”

Some activists also demanded that the dating apps be banned since Shraddha and Aftab first met on the Bumble dating app.

Rupali Chakankar, Chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women, in a letter dated November 15 to Rekha Sharma, Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, demanded that the clinching evidence be collected and the trial against the accused Aftab be expedited in fast court. 

Also Read: Shraddha Walkar Murder: Aaftab to Be Produced in Court Today

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    Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

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