BJP firebrand leader Kapil Mishra has connected the brutal killing of Shraddha Walkar in Delhi’s Chattarpur with the MCD elections. He said the issue of Love Jihad will influence how citizens of Delhi cast their vote in the upcoming elections.
“Love Jihad is a countrywide problem. Shraddha will get Shraddhanjali only when the country wakes up the reality of love jihad. But the issue will also impact the people of Delhi because this happened with the same government at helm which promotes leaders who do not believe in Hindu Gods as star campaigners in the civic polls,” Mishra said.
Recalling Delhi riots and Shaheen Bagh protests on CAA and NRC, Mishra said, “This is same party whose councillor Tahir Hussain is an accused in the brutal killing of IB staffer Ankit Sharma, this is the same government that stood with the Shaheen Bagh protesters who stalled roads, stopped our children from going to school and shut our shops down. So, definitely it’s a related issue and it will impact the sensitivities of the Delhi voters of have gone through all of this in the past.”
Mishra was reacting to the horrifying murder of Shadhha Walkar by her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala.
According to police officials in Mumbai and Delhi, Shraddha and Aaftab came in contact through dating app Bumble in 2019 when she was working at a call centre in Malad.
The parents of Shraddha, who is a Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) graduate, were against their relationship, but she rebelled and eloped with Aaftab to Delhi.
He strangled Shraddha on May 18 following a tiff, barely days after they started living together in a rented accommodation in Chhatarpur. With the calmness of a professional killer, Aftab first put the dead body in the bathroom and waited for the night to think about what should be done for its disposal.
After spending the night with Shraddha’s corpse, Aftab bought a refrigerator and an iron saw on May 19. With the precision of a chef, Aftab then chopped the body parts into 35 pieces. Each body part was wrapped separately in black plastic bags. He kept the bags in the refrigerator.
Shraddha’s severed head was found in Sanjay Van, a sprawling forest area near Mehrauli, sources told The New Indian.
The incident came to light when her father Vikas Madan lodged a missing person report at Mehrauli police station on November 8 after her phone went unreachable for a few days.
Based on his complaint, the police registered an FIR and started the investigation. They first went to the house where Sharddha and Aftab used to live in rented accommodation. The house was locked, and Aftab was unavailable. With the help of technical surveillance, the police managed to arrest Aftab on Saturday.
During interrogation, Aftab told police that he first strangled her to death and then chopped her body parts into 35 pieces. To evade suspicion, he kept the body parts in the refrigerator and started disposing of them one by one, Aaftab told investigators.