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The Bulandshahr police is frantically looking for one Rashid Khan who is seen in a video, justifying the ghastly murder of Shraddha Walkar.
In the video that is now viral on social media, Rashid can be heard saying that “when one is in a fit of rage, he can cut anyone into 36 pieces, instead of just 35.”
When asked whether he was justifying the murder, Rashid says that ‘It happens’.
“If I am in a rage, I may also behave similarly,” he says.
SSP Bulandshahr said that the video has been made in Delhi but since the man claims to belong to Bulandshahr, the police had launched a hunt for him.
“We are probing the matter and as soon as we find this man, suitable action will be taken,” he told reporters.
Aftab was provoked while hitting her
Aftab Ameen Poonawalla, accused of murdering his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar, on Tuesday told a metropolitan magistrate in Saket court that he was provoked because of which he hit her.
“I was provoked because of which I hit,” said Poonawalla in Saket court where he was produced before a metropolitan magistrate through video conferencing as his police custody ends on Tuesday, claimed his lawyer.
The court extended his police custody by four more days.
During the hearing, the judge asked Aftab if he was mistreated during questioning or had any issues.
“Aftab told the court that he was cooperating but he can’t recall everything at once and will inform as and when he does. He also told the judge that he was provoked because of which he hit,” said his lawyer, Avinash Kumar.
“Police will probably take him for a site visit for evidence collection. The Narco test will be conducted soon. Aftab has requested to meet his family to which the court has granted permission,” said Kumar.
Saket court has granted permission to police for a polygraph test before Narco analysis.
Meanwhile, in Delhi High Court, the police told that the investigation into the murder of Shraddha by Aftab is 80 per cent complete.
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) plea seeking a transfer of the probe in the Shraddha murder case, by the Delhi Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation, was filed on Monday but however, the plea was rejected by the court on Tuesday.
In the plea, Petitioner Advocate Joshini Tuli argued for the transfer of the case “due to the sensitive nature of the case and the hampering of Investigation and tampering of witnesses and evidence of the present case by the Delhi Police/ Respondent No.1 and Respondent No.4”.
It also alleged that investigation of Mehrauli Police “cannot be carried out efficiently due to administrative/staff paucity as well as lack of sufficient technical and scientific equipment to find out the evidence and the witnesses as the incident had taken place about 6 months back in May 2022.”
Blood stains recovered from bathroom of rented house
Forensic teams have found blood stains from the bathroom of the rented accommodation in Chattarpur which Aftab Ameen Poonawalla shared with his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar before he brutally killed her, sources said on Tuesday.
The recovery was made by teams from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) and Delhi Police.
“The blood stains were found between the tiles. He has already confessed that he cut her body in the bathroom after keeping it under a running shower. The blood samples have been collected and sent for examination,” said the sources.
Earlier, blood stains were also found in the kitchen.
The sources also said that three weapons, hammer, small saw and chopper which Aftab used to disintegrate Shraddha’s body into 35 pieces, were thrown in the bushes of DLF Phase-III and a garbage van in Mehrauli.
Police teams are conducting searches in Gurugram and Mehrauli to locate the weapons.
Aftab to undergo polygraph test
The questioning of Aftab Ameen Poonawalla accused of murdering his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar and subsequently chopping her body into several pieces, has revealed that Aftab on May 6 along with Shraddha visited Tosh in Himachal Pradesh and bought ‘weed’ there.
The police have also collected some digital evidence which corroborated with his words.
“He had visited Tosh a couple of times earlier also with his friends and had bought weed, as he is fond of it,” a source said.
Meanwhile, the police have recovered a few bills from the 28-year-old Aftab’s rented accommodation in Chattarpur area, and both have different mobile numbers on it.
“A mover and packers bill from Mumbai’s Vasai to Delhi was found and another was a refrigerator bill which Aftab had bought from Tilak Electronic shop in Delhi,” the source said.
After allegedly murdering Shraddha (27), Aftab used her phone number when he bought the fridge that he allegedly used to store her chopped body parts, said sources.
The police have also moved to Saket Court on Monday seeking permission to conduct a polygraph test on Aftab, as he is misleading the investigators.
“Police team might conduct a polygraph test before the Narco test. The test is likely to be conducted in Rohini’s Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL),” the source said, adding that drug angle is also being probed.
Aftab had killed his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar on May 18 and then chopped her body into many pieces.
So far, the place of offence, the rented accommodation in Chattarpur, has been closely inspected by the crime team and experts from forensics, police said.
From the house, multiple exhibits have been seized.
However, blood stained clothes and weapons of the offence are yet to be recovered.
“Following up on the disclosures by Aftab, various combing operations have been carried out at various places, including some forest areas, from where several bones have been seized,” said the official.
To ascertain whether the bones are that of Shraddha, the blood samples of her father and brother have been collected for DNA analysis.
The report of DNA tests will take 15 days.