The Indian Express | 3 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 05:45 am
During his 6-7-hour polygraph test on Thursday, Aaftab Poonawala, who is accused of murdering his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar, was asked if and how he committed the crime, where he hid the evidence and questions about his childhood and family, among other things.Earlier in the day, police sources said they had recovered almost 10-12 “sharp objects”, including knives, blades, saws and other tools, from the couple’s Chhattarpur Pahadi flat and the Mehrauli forest over the past week. Continuing their search for evidence in other states, a Delhi police team in Mumbai’s Vasai trawled through a creek in Bhayandar to search for Walkar’s phone, which they suspect was destroyed by Poonawala.Poonawala was taken to the Forensic Science Lab (FSL) in Delhi’s Rohini for the first session of the polygraph test around noon and left with police around 8 pm. Sagarpreet Hooda, Special CP (Law and Order), confirmed that the test had begun.An FSL official said: “The aim was to ascertain the locations of the murder weapon, body pieces and Walkar’s phone. The questions were mainly about the couple’s history, Poonawala’s early life, childhood, family, relationships, if/how he killed Walkar and hid the evidence, etc. He was cooperative and gave all the answers. The results will be analysed and compiled. We’ll share the observations and report with police.”Forensic experts said the test would take a few hours to complete. “We check the health of the person before starting the test. After that, the test is conducted, but we take breaks so the person does not feel anxious or pressured,” said an officer.Police had earlier taken Poonawala for pre-analysis questioning but had to delay the exercise after he complained of fever.Earlier this week, police had sought permission from a Delhi court to extend Poonawala’s custody and conduct polygraph and narco-analysis tests on him. The narco test will most likely be conducted next week, said police.On the sharp objects recovered, a police officer said: “We are checking them for blood traces. Poonawala had said he used two-three mini-saws to chop Walkar’s body into 30-35 pieces in the bathroom. We haven’t been able to find the exact weapon yet… We are verifying his claims.”A team of Delhi Police also went to Thane in Maharashtra to conduct searches. “As he came to Mumbai after Walkar’s death, he may have dumped her belongings and other evidence in Vasai or Thane,” said an officer. Delhi Police said they also recorded Poonawala’s father’s statement. As per Walkar’s family and friends, Poonawala’s family allegedly knew about the violent fights between the couple, said police. “His father said he doesn’t know anything about the murder. He said Poonawala would rarely talk to them. We are trying to get details on their relationship and Poonawala’s behaviour,” added the officer.On the search for Walkar’s phone in Mumbai, a police source said: “Poonawala claimed he disposed of her SIM card in Delhi and threw her phone in the creek at Bhayandar. We have learnt he had come back from Delhi to help his parents shift to a new place from Vasai to Mira Road. While crossing the creek in the train, he is believed to have thrown the phone into it.”
KALYAN: An unidentified youth on Saturday tried to steal money from an ATM kiosk of Canara Bank in Ambernath taluka of Thane District. An official from Hill Line police station said the accused attempted to break open the cash-dispensing machine but failed to do so after which he left the kiosk.The accused (aged 25 to 30 years) posing as a customer, stepped inside the ATM kiosk situated near Khoni village on Taloja MIDC road early in the morning, and attempted to steal the money by trying to break the machine. However, when he failed to do so he left the spot, said the police. Cops found that he managed to partly damage the machine safe door. The incident was captured in CCTV with shows him hiding his face with a cap.
NAVI MUMBAI: MSEDCL officials have registered four FIRs against five power consumers in Kharghar for indulging in power theft by fiddling with their electricity meter to record low readings resulting in generating less electricity bill. The theft has caused collective revenue loss of around Rs 2 lakh to MSEDCL. Acting on a complaint by Bhagyashree Kadam, an assistant engineer of MSEDCL, Kharghar branch, one power consumer, a couple identified as Brijesh Kumar Pandey and his wife Rajeshwari, residents of sector 20, Kharghar, have been booked for making illegal changes in their electricity meter's circuit to reduce the meter reading speed by 80% and causing revenue loss of Rs 1.44 lakh to MSEDCL. They had illegally consumed 4,440 units of electricity for three months, whose estimated bill was Rs 1,44,490.
NAVI MUMBAI: Locals and activists alleged that Matheran hill station municipality is deliberately delaying e-rickshaw trial due to pressure from horse riders. The Supreme Court (SC) had on May 12 ordered implementation of the pilot project by introducing e-rickshaws for three months to find out its feasibility. SC had ordered to hear the petition after four months. However, the civic body sought more time from the SC. "There is deliberate delay in purchasing and bringing e-rickshaws for trial...," said SC petitioner Sunil Shinde for Shramik Rickshaw Chalak-Malak Seva Sanstha- Matheran. Matheran resident Janardan Parte said, "Horse riders damage clay paver block roads and exert pressure..." Chief officer of Matheran municipal council, Surekha Bhanage, said that the civic body is fulfilling all legal and administrative matters according to the Supreme Court's decision from time to time. "E-tendering process for the purchase of e-rickshaw has also been completed and the successful bidder has been agreed to supply the e-rickshaw."
THANE: Following a 48-hour search operation, the crime branch unit-3 of Mira-Bhayander Vasai-Virar (MBVV) police nabbed the undertrial accused of murdering a banker during a robbery bid who had escaped from Vasai court premises along with his bike-borne aide on Friday, officials informed on Sunday. In July 2021, Anil Dubey (36), a former private bank manager, was arrested for allegedly killing his former colleague and injuring another while trying to flee with gold ornaments worth nearly Rs 3.4 crore from the locker at the bank's Virar branch. On Friday afternoon, when Dubey was brought from Thane Central jail to Vasai court, he allegedly requested the escorting policemen to allow him to visit the washroom and managed to give them the slip and escape on a motorcycle driven by his aide Chand Badshah Aziz Khan (42), a historysheeter from Nalasopara. "We have arrested Dubey and Khan from Nalasopara after our teams narrowed down on them following technical leads. We also recovered the bike," confirmed Shrikant Pathak, additional police commissioner, MBVV police. Avinash Ambure, deputy police commissioner, crime, MBVV police, said, "Our teams were tipped off that the absconding undertrial could be holed up in Nalasopara following which crime branch unit-3 formed teams and started search operations." Police are likely to have zeroed in on the accused based on technical surveillance, including CCTV footage, of the area. Police in the Vasai-Virar area were on alert and also undertook late-night patrolling since Friday, officials said. While sources said Dubey got in touch with Khan when the latter was lodged at Thane jail a few months back, prison officials said they were unaware if Khan was lodged there and may have interacted with Dubey to hatch the escape plan.
MUMBAI: A 54-year-old cook from Bandra became the victim of sextortion recently and lost Rs 1.5 lakh. The complainant is a Nepali national and lives at a restaurant where he has worked for three decades. On November 24, he received a WhatsApp video call from an unknown woman. As she started stripping on the call he disconnected it. He got a video of him watching her, and later a call from an unknown woman threatening to circulate it. He paid Rs 1.52 lakh. But on November 25, he again got a call asking for more money.