As the horror over Shraddha Walkar’s brutal murder continues to hang heavy over Delhi, police claim to have cracked a similar crime in the eastern part of the city.
Delhi Police crime branch have arrested a woman for allegedly murdering her husband with the help of her son. The woman, police said, suspected her husband of having an extramarital affair. After the murder, the mother-son duo allegedly chopped up the body into 22 pieces, stored them in the fridge, and disposed them off across several east Delhi neighbourhoods.
This is eerily similar to the manner in which 28-year-old Aaftab Poonawala allegedly strangled his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar, chopped up her body into 35 pieces and then threw them in south Delhi’s Mehrauli forest.
Police first found the body parts in Pandav Nagar in June and a case of murder was registered. The investigation, however, did not progress as the pieces of the body had decomposed.
When the ghastly details of the Shraddha Walkar murder case started coming to the fore earlier this month, it was also probed if the unidentified body parts were hers.
During their investigation, the crime branch scanned the footage from CCTV cameras in the area where the body parts were found. The footage showed that the woman and the son visited the area on several nights. As police probed deeper, they found that one Anjan Das, a resident of east Delhi’s Pandav Nagar, had been missing for about six months. They also found that the man’s family had not registered any complaint with the police.
According to police, the accused Poonam and Dipak killed Das in June. He was given sleeping pills and murdered after he was unconscious, police said.
Shocking footage from CCTV cameras in the neighbourhood show Deepak walking with a bag in his hand late at night — police say this was one of his trips to throw away the body pieces. His mother Poonam is seen following him. Another clip shows them during the day. Police said they made several trips to gradually throw away the pieces of the body.