Delhi murder: 13 body parts found; head still missing

New Delhi: Aaftab Amin Poonawala, the 28-year-old man arrested for allegedly killing his live-in partner, was taken to the forest areas of south Delhi’s Chhatarpur where he had reportedly dumped Shraddha Walkar’s body parts, news agency PTI reported.

The report, citing Delhi Police officials, added that 13 body parts were found after Aaftab pinpointed the areas where he had thrown them, but only after their forensic examination, it can be confirmed if they belong to the victim.

A senior police official said Aaftab, who has been remanded to five-day police custody, will be taken to some other places in New Delhi besides the Chhatarpur area as part of their investigation into the sensational murder case.

The samples recovered so far have been sent for examination to ascertain if they are all human remains. The head is yet to be recovered and police is yet to find the murder weapon.

Poonawala had told the police during the investigation that he killed his live-in partner Shraddha after a quarrel over marriage and the idea of chopping her body into 35 pieces was inspired by “Dexter”, an American crime TV series. He bought a fridge to preserve the body parts and used to step out past midnight to dispose them off. The accused meticulously planned which ones to dispose of first depending upon which part starts decomposing at the earliest, the police said.

On May 18, the accused and the victim had some arguments. She was shouting due to which he covered her mouth with his hand. Later, he strangled her, cut the body into parts and disposed of them in a nearby jungle area, a senior Delhi Police official said.

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