Shraddha Walker was an Indian woman who was brutally murdered by her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala in 2022. Reportedly, after strangling her to death, Aaftab chopped off her body into 35 pieces and disposed them of in the forest area of Chhatarpur in Delhi.
Shraddha Vikash Walker was born in 1995 (age 27 years; at the time of death) in Vasai, Maharashtra. In 2015, she pursued a mass media programme at the VIVA Institute of Technology in Virar, Maharashtra, but she dropped out in her final year.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Shraddha Walker belonged to a family in Vasai, Maharashtra.
Parents & Siblings
Her father’s name is Vikash Madan Walker, and her brother’s name is Shreejay Walker. Reportedly, Shraddha lost her mother earlier.
Husband & Children
Shraddha Walker was unmarried.
Shraddha Walker followed Hinduism.
C-504, Sanskruti Apartment, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Near G. G. College, Vasai West, District Palghar, Maharashtra.
Customer Service Representative
Reportedly, Shraddha worked as a Customer Service Representative from April 2017 to March 2018.
According to sources, Shraddha worked at a retail sports shop in Dahisar, the northernmost neighbourhood of Mumbai, as a Sales Manager (2018-2020). Shraddha, however, quit her job during the COVID-19 pandemic and gave the final exams of the mass media programme and later joined an IT firm where she was promoted to the designation of a team leader from a customer service representative.
An Online Love
Reportedly, Shraddha Vikas Walker, working at an IT-based call centre, met Aaftab Poonawala in Mumbai through the dating app ‘Bumble’ in 2018. According to sources, Aaftab, a food blogger, was working as a graphic designer when he met Shraddha online. Soon, the duo fell in love and planned to stay together.
Aaftab and Shraddha
Disapproval From Parents
As claimed by some media outlets, Aaftab and Shraddha were together for three years. According to reports, after receiving disapproval from their parents, the couple shifted to Delhi in March 2022 and started living in a rented house in the Chhatarpur area, Mehrauli. Reportedly, Shraddha left her home and told her parents that being an adult, she could take decisions in her life.
A Violent Relationship
In an interview, Shraddha’s friend, Rajat Shukla, revealed that Shraddha once told her friends that Aaftab would often beat her, and she wanted to leave him but couldn’t do so. Rajat Shukla mentioned that Shradhha told her friends that she was in a relationship with Aaftab since 2018. Rajat Shukla said,
Today suddenly the news flashed on the mobile of her murder. I was shaken to the core of my soul that my friend has been murdered. She had told us in 2019 that she was in a relationship since 2018. They lived together. Initially, they lived happily, but then Shraddha started saying that Aaftab beats her. She wanted to leave him but couldn’t do so.”
Loved To Pieces
Reportedly, Shraddha and Aaftab, after shifting to Delhi, had arguments frequently as Shraddha allegedly used to force him to get married to her; however, the couple decided to go for a trip to the hills in the month of March and April to start fresh. On 18 May 2022, after being allegedly pressurised by Shraddha for marriage, Aaftab strangled Shraddha to death and chopped off her body into 35 pieces which were kept in a 300-litre refrigerator for nearly eighteen days by him in the rented flat in Delhi, and were disposed of in a row in and around the city in the midnight.
The refrigerator in which Aaftab kept Shraddha’s body in pieces
According to some media outlets, Aaftab watched many crime movies and web series to execute the murder. Reportedly, Aaftab formulated the plan from ‘Dexter,’ an American crime drama web series which shows a life of a man who commits crimes in the night and spends his days solving them. According to Delhi police sources, Aaftab used only one weapon, a mini saw, to kill Shraddha and later threw her clothes into a garbage van. To avoid suspicion, Aaftab used Shraddha’s social media and paid her credit card bills till June 2022.
The Trace and Arrest of Aaftab Poonawala
Reportedly, in September 2022, one of Shraddha’s friends informed her father that she was not in contact with his daughter for almost 2.5 months, following which Shraddha’s father filed a missing report at Manickpur police station in Vasai, Maharashtra, on 12 October 2022; however, the case was transferred to Mehrauli police station in New Delhi based on Shraddha’s last location.
The missing FIR filed by Shraddha’s father, Vikash Madan Walkar
Her father suspected Aaftab’s involvement in the disappearance of his daughter. According to sources, on 3 November 2022, Aaftab was called by the officials for questioning by the Mumbai police, where he said that Shraddha left the house in May after the fight. Aaftab was arrested on 11 November 2022 from his house in Chhatarpur under the IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of an offence committed).
Accused Aaftab Poonawala, along with Delhi police personnel, at Mehrauli Police Station, in New Delhi, on November 14, 2022
In an interview, Ankit Chauhan, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South Delhi, told the media that Aaftab confessed his offence and said that he disposed of Shraddha’s body in the forest areas near Chhatarpur Enclave. Ankit Chauhan said,
The accused told us that he chopped her body into pieces and disposed them in forest areas near Chhatarpur Enclave. He has been arrested and investigation is on.”
Accused Aaftab Poonawala being taken to the forest area in Chhatarpur, Delhi, where he allegedly disposed of pieces of Shraddha’s body
- Shraddha Walker used to smoke weed.
- According to the sources, Shraddha, as a teen, and her father’s relationship was so strained that she told her friends and teachers in college that she did not have a father and was the only person earning in the family.
- Reportedly, accused Aaftab would take the pieces of Shraddha’s body in a black foil and throw them into the forest area without the foil so that the animals could eat that. He would also feed some of the pieces to the strays by himself.
- According to reports, Shraddha’s father, Vikash Walker looked at the case from the ‘love jihad’ angle and demanded the death penalty for the accused. Vikas Walker, in an interview, said,
I suspected a love jihad angle. We demand the death penalty for Aftab. I trust Delhi Police and the 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 Mumbai’s Vasai.”