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Bones recovered from Mehrauli jungle are of Shraddha Walkar, forensic report finds

The report, received Wednesday evening, confirmed that the mortal remains recovered from several locations in Delhi, are that of Shraddha, sources said.

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New Delhi: In a major breakthrough in the Shraddha Walkar murder case, the forensic examination of some of the bones recovered by the Delhi Police from a jungle in Mehrauli area, has established that they were of the woman, ThePrint has learnt.

The forensic analysis report was submitted Wednesday evening, sources said.

The DNA extracted from some of those bones has matched with that of Walkar’s father, they confirmed to ThePrint, without divulging any further details.

“This confirms that some of the mortal remains that were recovered on the instance of Aftab, from several locations during our searches, are that of Shraddha,” a source said.

“Nothing more can be shared at this point,” they said.

Walkar was allegedly murdered by her live-in partner Aftab Amin Poonawala on 18 May, and her body was chopped into 35 pieces, which were subsequently disposed of in Delhi’s
Mehrauli jungle.

Poonawalla in his statement to the police had said that he strangled his live-in partner and then cut her up to dispose of the body. Police had said that Poonawala bought a 300-litre fridge for Rs 19,000 to store the body.

In a first breakthrough, the Delhi Police had recovered the pelvic bone, an attachment of the lower limbs found with the sacrum which is a shield-shaped bony structure located at the base of the lumbar vertebrae.

Although this bone established that the mortal remains were of a human , it was not clear if they were Walkar’s.

In such cases, the experts go for a skeletal reconstruction of the dead person. Moreover, to establish the death, they need to ascertain which region of the body the recovered bones are from. If these bones are from a hand or a foot, it doesn’t establish murder. But if it is a skull bone, or bones from the spine or pelvic area, it establishes the death.

Last week, Shraddha Walkar’s father Vikas Walkar, appeared in the media for the first time since the brutal murder of his daughter came to light, and claimed that she would have
been alive if the Maharashtra Police had helped him.

In 2020, Shraddha had also filed a police complaint in Mumbai accusing Poonawala of being violent and had stated that “he tried to kill me” and threatened to “cut me up in pieces and throw me away”.

The father further sought death penalty for Aftab Poonawala in the case and also demanded a probe against the family members and relatives of the accused.

Last week, Saket court in Delhi extended the judicial custody of Poonawala for 14 days.

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