Delhi Police questions 11 people in connection with Shraddha case

According to the doctor present there, the police wanted to match the denture (which has been treated) with the jaw that was recovered at the Mehrauli forest.
Accused Aftab Amin Poonawalla
Accused Aftab Amin Poonawalla ANI

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police team at Vasai, Palghar in Maharashtra has recorded the statements of 11 people in connection with the Shraddha murder case, according to the sources on Monday. Among those who were questioned and whose statements were recorded include Shraddha's friends Laxman Nadar, Rahul Rai, Godwin, Shivani Mhatre and her husband, Aftab-Shraddha's flat owner, Shraddha's manager Karan Bahri, Shraddha-Aftab's flat owner Jayshree Patkar, Secretary of Unique Park, where Aftab's family lived - Abdullah Khan, Ramdas Kevat, President of Unique Park and Govind Yadav, the owner of Packers and Movers, who sent Aftab's goods from Vasai to Chhatarpur.

A team of Delhi Police headed by SHO Mehrauli also went to the Bidhuri Dental Clinic in the national capital to seek a second opinion from the doctor on the jaw that was recovered recently. According to the doctor present there, the police wanted to match the denture (which has been treated) with the jaw that was recovered at the Mehrauli forest.

According to the police, Shraddha's teeth were also treated (root canal) in Mumbai. The doctor said that the Delhi Police team had also brought the investigation report of Mumbai along with them.

"The police had come to us only to take a second opinion," the doctor said. According to Delhi Police sources, the police are investigating if the accused Aftab owned more than one phone number.

"The police believe that Aftab used more than one number. The police got this information from the bills recovered by the police during the investigation of this case. The first bill was that of the movers and packers who got them shifted from Mumbai's Vasai to Delhi. The second bill is from Tilak Electronic from where he bought the fridge. Aftab's phone number is different on both bills. For this reason, the police suspected that Aftab was using more than 1 number," the sources said. Earlier on Sunday, as part of its ongoing probe into the horrific Shraddha murder case, the Delhi police team recorded the statement of the secretary of a housing society where the accused Aftab Amin Poonawalla lived with his family.

According to official sources, the Delhi police team recorded the statement of Abdullah Khan, the secretary of the Unique Park Housing Society of Vasai area of Palghar district, for more than an hour on Sunday. "The police questioned Khan for more than an hour, and recorded his statement in connection to the Shraddha murder case," said official sources with Manikpur police.

In his statement, Khan told the police that Aftab's family had vacated their house about 20 days ago, and have rented it out. Khan however said that he has no idea about where Aftab's family went, and also shared their contact number, which was found switched off, they added.

Delhi police have called many people including friends and relatives of Shraddha and Aftab in connection to the case and their statements were being recorded, said sources. The accused, Aftab, lived with Shraddha in three apartments including Kenny Apartment, Regal Apartment, and White Hills Apartment in different areas of Mumbai, they said.

A team of Delhi police is camping in Vasai area of Maharashtra since Friday to probe the Shraddha Murder case, in which her live-in partner Aftab Amin Poonawala had strangulated Walker to death allegedly and chopped her body into 35 pieces, dumped it in the Chhatarpur area of the national capital. Earlier on Saturday, the police team recorded statements of Shraddha's best friend Shivani Mhatre and Karan Behri, former manager of Shraddha. Sources said Delhi Police will also use the WhatsApp chats of Shivani Mhatre and Karan Behri as evidence. Delhi Police has so far recorded the statement of a total of six people in this case including Shraddha's close friend Laxman Nadar and Rahul Godwin, the owner of the flat where Shraddha and Aftab used to live before micing to Delhi.

Delhi Police last week solved the six-month-old blind murder case and arrested Aftab Amin Poonawalla on the basis of Shraddha's father's complaint. Aftab and Shraddha met on a dating site and later moved in together at a rented accommodation in Chhatarpur. Delhi police received a complaint from Shraddha's father and registered an FIR on November 10.

Delhi Police interrogation revealed that Aftab Poonawala killed Shraddha on May 18 and later started planning for disposing of her body. He told police that he had read about human anatomy so that it could help him in chopping off the body. Police said that Aftab, after searching on shopping mode shoppingmode Google, cleaned blood stained from the floor with some chemicals and disposed of stained clothes. He shifted the body in the bathroom and bought a refrigerator from a nearby shop. Later, he chopped the body into small pieces and put them in the fridge.

Meanwhile, a Delhi court has ordered Rohini Forensic Science Lab to conduct a narco test of accused Aftab Poonawala within five days.

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