A Delhi Police van carrying Aaftab Poonawala, the accused behind 27-year-old Shraddha Walkar’s brutal murder, was attacked by some weapon-wielding people on Monday evening. The incident took place outside the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in the Rohini area where he was taken for a polygraph test.
Around 15 people were behind the attack, and two men were detained by the Delhi Police. Those behind the attack were allegedly intending to kill Aaftab to avenge the killing of Shraddha and had come from Gurugram. Those detained have been identified as Nigam Gurjar and Kuldeep Thakur.
A car stopped the police van after overtaking it and a few people came out of the car with swords and started attacking the van carrying Aaftab. The van was immediately driven out of the spot.
In a video shared by news agency ANI, a police personnel could be seen pulling out his service revolver to disperse the attackers. In one of the clips, a few attackers claimed that they belonged to a right-wing group.
“The third Battalion of Delhi Police is responsible for transporting prisoners from the jail. Five policemen were present in police van with Aaftab including a sub-inspector and four policemen. The police van is safe. Cases registered under sections 186/353/147/148/149 of IPC at PS Prashant Vihar in this regard,” said the police.
Aaftab allegedly strangled Shraddha, and cut her body into 35 pieces, which he kept in a 300-litre fridge for almost three weeks at his residence in Mehrauli in south Delhi, before dumping them across the city over several days.
Earlier on Monday, the Delhi Police recovered the weapon allegedly used by Aaftab to cut the body of his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar. Police also recovered a ring that belonged to the victim, which Aaftab allegedly gave to another woman, they said. “The weapon used to cut Shraddha Walkar’s body has been recovered by police,” a source said.
FSL Assistant Director Sanjeev Gupta on Monday said Aaftab’s polygraph sessions might continue on Tuesday as well. “Only after the polygraph tests are concluded, can one proceed with the narco analysis,” he said. Earlier it was revealed that Aaftab used to do drugs, and was also connected to supplying them.
Meanwhile, Tihar jail PRO Dheeraj Mathur said Aaftab is in lodged in jail number 4. When he came, his health check-up was done and there were no issues, he said. He has been kept in a separate cell and is under 24-hour CCTV monitoring.
He has been kept on a “suicide watch” after he was sent to a 13-day judicial custody by the Delhi Court. According to Tihar sources, the accused woke up early morning on Sunday and had his breakfast.
Aaftab was arrested on November 12 and sent to five-day police custody, which was further extended by five days on November 17. On November 22, he was sent to police custody for four days. The court On November 26, sent him to judicial custody for 13 days.
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