By Arvind Ojha: As Delhi police continue to search for crucial evidence in the Shraddha Walkar murder case, cops have recovered a huge polythene bag and other proof from a forest in Gurugram. Delhi Police went to the office of Aaftab Ameen Poonawala, who allegedly strangled and chopped her live-in partner Shraddha into 35 pieces, and collected some evidence from a nearby jungle.
Delhi Police carried out a search operation on a vacant plot of DLF Phase 2 in Gurugram where accused Aaftab used to work. Aaftab worked in Cvent India in Gurugram but was reportedly fired as he took a leave of one week without informing his higher authorities. Heat Seal Able
Police suspect that the accused may have thrown some body parts of Shraddha, her mobile phone or the sharp-edged weapon used in the murder while coming to the office.The collected items have been sent for further investigation.
On Thursday, A forensic team of the Delhi Police took Aaftab Poonawala to their Chattarpur flat where he strangled Shraddha Walkar and chopped her body into 35 pieces. Speaking exclusively with India Today, Sanjeev Gupta, head of the forensic team, said they found traces of blood in the flat's kitchen. They also found bones inside the drain. The case will be able to move forward if Shraddha's DNA matches the bones.
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The kitchen was the only place in the flat where the forensic team could gather blood stains as Aaftab had chemically cleaned the flat. He told the police that he had kept a piece of her body inside the kitchen and that was where the team collected the evidence.
However, police are yet to trace the murder weapon, clothes of Aaftab and Shraddha that they wore on the day of the murder, the victim's severed head and other key evidence to make it a full proof case. Police have recovered 13 pieces, suspected to be bones from limbs, from the forest.
Police are likely to look into the increase in the water bill for the flat that was rented out to Shraddha murder case prime accused Aaftab Ameen Poonawala in the Chhatarpur area of Delhi, which is suggestive of the fact that thousands of litres of water was used to remove blood stains after the crime.
Aaftab and Shraddha met on a dating app, Bumble, around three years ago and had moved to Delhi in May this year. The couple was earlier staying together in their hometown Vasai, near Mumbai.
According to police, the couple fought over several issues and on May 18, after an heated argument, merely four days after moving into their rented flat in South Delhi's Mehrauli, Aaftab strangled Shraddha. He then chopped her body into 35 pieces and stored her body parts in a fridge before dumping them in the jungle over the next 18 days.
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