Devbrat Patnaik

Aftab Ameen Poonawalla, the man who murdered his live-in partner Shraddha Walker, chopped her body into 35 pieces and then disposed them off at various locations in Mehrauli forest on the outskirts of Delhi, was arrested by Police on Monday. 

The crime has triggered widespread outrage in the country, with people demanding that the accused be hanged till death. Deceased Shraddha’s father has also demanded death penalty for Aftab.

“We demand death penalty for Aftab. I trust Delhi Police and probe moving in the right direction. Shraddha was close to her uncle, and didn't talk to me much. I was never in touch with Aftab. I lodged the first complaint in Vasai,” said Vikas Walker, Shraddha's father while speaking to ANI.

Senior IPS officer Arun Bothra also took to Twitter to express his anguish. “We seriously need to have a system of summary trials at least in such gruesome cases. This person Aftab killed and chopped his girlfriend and threw away body parts at different locations. What is the point of having a criminal justice system if we can't hang him in a few months?” questioned Bothra. 

“So called seculars those scream on Akhkaq and Pehlu are silent today on Shraddha’s barbaric murder by Aftab. He cut her into 35 pieces. This is heinous murder and Aftab must be hanged till death,” demanded one Pallavi Singh. 

Aftab needs to hang for this psychopathic murder, said columnist Swati Chaturvedi. 

"26-year-old Shraddha murder case. Nothing less than 'Death Penalty' for Aftab Poonawalla. #HangAftab. Justice for Shraddha," said one Kanwaljit Arora on Twitter. 

As per national media reports, Aftab Ameen read about human anatomy in order to learn how to chop a body, and also did Google search on cleaning blood stains. He also stored the body parts in a fridge before dumping them one by one at various locations in Mehrauli forest area over a period of 18 days.

As per latest reports, Aftab was taken to the spot in the jungle today where he allegedly disposed off parts of Shraddha's body. Further investigation into the matter is underway.