Delhi: Man chops live-in partner’s body into 35 pieces, disposes of in forest


In yet another shocking incident, a man was arrested for allegedly killing his live-in partner, chopping her body parts into 35 pieces and dumping them in Delhi’s Mehrauli forest over 18 days, say police sources.

He would step out at 2 am every day to dump the body parts, sources say.

Aftab Ameen Poonawalla allegedly strangled his live-in partner Shraddha on May 18 after they had a fight.

He then chopped her body into 35 pieces and bought a 300-litre fridge to keep them, sources say. Over the next 18 days, he disposed of the pieces at different areas of the Mehrauli forest, they added.

26-year-old Shraddha worked at the call centre for a multinational company in Mumbai where she met Poonawalla. The two started dating and moved in together. After her family did not approve of their relationship, the couple eloped and came to Delhi. They started living in a flat in Mehrauli.

Soon after, Shraddha stopped responding to her family’s phone calls. On November 8, her father Vikas Madaan came to Delhi to check on his daughter and found a lock on her flat. He approached the Mehrauli Police and filed a complaint alleging kidnapping.

On the basis of his complaint, police arrested Poonawalla on Saturday. During the investigation, he revealed that the two fought frequently as Shraddha wanted to marry him, police sources said.

The police have filed a case of murder against Poonawalla.

Police said some remains were recovered from the forest but it is not known if they are human remains. The knife used by the accused, who was trained as a chef, has also not been found yet.