“In Heat Of Moment”, Says Aaftab Poonawala In Court On Killing Girlfriend


“In Heat Of Moment”, Says Aaftab Poonawala In Court On Killing Girlfriend

He also alleged that whatever is being said about him now is “not entirely true”.

New Delhi:
A Saket court today extended Aftab Poonawala’s police custody by four more days after he was produced before the court through video conferencing in a special hearing. He was produced in court today as his five-day remand ended.

Here’s your 10-point guide to this big story:

  1. Aftab Amin Poonawala, accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend Shraddha Waqar, today admitted in a Delhi court that he killed her “in the heat of the moment”. He also alleged that whatever is being said about him now is “not entirely true”.

  2. Aftab, 28, said he was cooperating with the police and also provided a map of where he dumped the body parts. He assured the court that he would provide all the details, but could not remember much as it had been a long time.

  3. Aftab’s lawyer Avinash said the police had sought the extension of custody saying that the investigating officer had received a sketch of a pond from Aftab where they wanted to take him for further investigation. “Aftab told the court that he was cooperating with the police, and the police were treating him well. He said he was not misleading them or lying to them. The police also did not contest his claim in the court,” he added.

  4. During interrogation, Aftab said he used the saw and the blade to cut Shraddha’s body in a bush at DLF Phase 3, Gurugram, Delhi Police sources said. A Delhi Police team checked the bushes twice. He dumped the meat cleaver in a dustbin on 100 Feet Road in south Delhi’s Mehrauli, sources said.

  5. After the first day of investigation, last Friday, the Delhi Police collected some evidence from the Gurugram bush, which has been sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory for investigation. On the second day, last Saturday, the Delhi Police went to Gurugram with metal detectors but returned empty-handed. They take Aftab to the shop from where he bought the saw, which is only 250 meters from Aftab’s house.

  6. On Sunday, the police recovered more human bodies from the Mehrauli forest. They have so far sent 13 bones, a skull base and a severed jaw for forensic testing to match the DNA sample of Shraddha’s father. The next few days are crucial for the investigation, as key evidence in the case is still missing.

  7. Police recovered heavy and sharp cutting tools from Aftab’s flat last week, which they suspect could have been used to mutilate Shraddha Walker’s body. A heavy black polythene bag was also found at Aftab’s Gurugram workplace.

  8. The investigation into the six-month-old murder is relying on forensic reports, call data and circumstantial evidence as there are no witnesses, sources said.

  9. Shraddha and Aftab moved to Delhi in May and four days later, after an argument over expenses and infidelity, he strangled her to death, then cut the body into 35 pieces which he kept in a fridge and dumped in a forest over the age of 18. day, police said.

  10. Aftab will not undergo a narco-analysis test on Monday, the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) said, before which he will undergo a polygraphic test.

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