Shraddha’s father Vikas Walkar met Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at his residence in Mumbai on Friday in connection with her murder by her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawaala and later in a press briefing demanded that Aaftab should be hanged for the crime.
“I had to face lot of problem due to the uncooperative attitude of Manikpur and Vasai police. My daughter would have been alive if action was taken on time. What has happened to my daughter is unfortunate and it should not happen with anyone else, " said Vikas Walkar in the press briefing.
Vikas added that Devendra Fadnavis has promised him of strict action and that justice will be delivered. “The family should also be punished," added Shraddha’s father. He also blamed the Maharashtra Police and said that “Tulinj, Vasai and Nalasopara police delayed the probe.
Shraddha’s Last Conversation With Dad
While briefing the media, Shraddha’s father, Vikas, said he was last spoke to her daughter in 2021. “I asked her how she was and she, too, asked about how I was… but that was around mid-2021. I also spoke to Aaftab once on September 26, 2021. I asked him where my daughter was but he said he didn’t know where she went after leaving him," Vikas told media.
He added: “I told him, it was his responsibility to know about her when she has stayed with him for three years."
A Delhi court on Friday extended by 14 days the custody of Aaftab Poonawaala, the accused in Sharddha Walkar murder case.
Poonawaala is accused of strangling his live-in partner Walkar and cutting her body into 35 pieces which he kept in a 300-litre fridge for almost three weeks at his residence in South Delhi’s Mehrauli before dumping them across the city.
The court had on November 26 sent him to judicial custody for 13 days.
Poonawaala is lodged in central jail number four and is under strict vigil as, officials say, there is a threat to his life.
Aaftab Poonawaala has also been provided books in the jail following his request. Tihar jail authorities Aaftab was provided Paul Theroux’s railway odyssey ‘The Great Railway Bazaar’.
“We are taking care of the inmate as per protocols. He has now asked for English novels and other books. He said he wants to read more and indulge in literary activities," a jail official said.
“For now, we have provided him the book ‘The Great Railway Bazaar’ by Paul Theroux. It is from our library. He will be provided more books later," the jail added.
Poonawaala had undergone polygraph test and narco analysis test recently at the forensic science lab and Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital. Poonawala was arrested on November 12 and sent to five-day police custody, which was further extended by five days on November 17.
(With PTI inputs)
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