Maha to probe police ‘inaction’ on Shraddha’s SOS letter

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MUMBAI: Taking sturdy cognizance, the Maharashtra authorities has ordered a probe into the Palghar Police’s ‘inaction’ on a letter written by Shraddha Walkar in November 2020, apprehending loss of life threats from her live-in companion Aftab Amin Poonawala.

Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who additionally holds the house portfolio, stated he had seen the contents which had been “very serious”, and stated the matter wanted to be investigated.

“Without blaming anybody, we need to know the truth… If the police had acted in a timely manner, this (killing of Shraddha by Poonawala) could have been avoided,” Fadnavis instructed mediapersons.

On November 23, 2020, Walkar had submitted a written grievance to the Tulinj Police Station expressing apprehensions from her Aftab and the way he threatened to “kill and cut her into pieces”.

The letter, which has simply surfaced, was duly acknowledged by the native police, who additionally stated that although that they had probed the matter, Shraddha later gave one other letter withdrawing her earlier grievance, signaling an finish to the difficulty.

In her hand-penned plea, she sounded distressed, stating that Aftab was beating her up, blackmailing her and was threatening to homicide her and lower her physique into items.

Practically two years later now, Shraddha’s worst fears proved true with Aftab’s arrest on November 12 for her gory killing in Delhi on May 18, chopping her physique into many items after which disposing them off over a number of weeks.

In her letter, Shraddha, then 25, talked about how she and Aftab, then 26, had been dwelling collectively in Vijay Vihar Complicated, however he had been abusing and beating her for as much as six months.

“At the moment he tried to kill me by suffocating me and he scared and blackmails me that he’ll kill me lower me up in items and throw me away.

“It has been six months he has been beating me. I did not have the guts to go to the police because he would threaten to kill me,” she wrote within the letter.

In a stunning revelation, Shraddha stated that Aftab’s dad and mom “are aware that he beats me and that he tried to kill me”.

“They also know about we living together and they visit us on weekends. I lived with him till date as we were supposed to get married anytime soon and had the blessings of his family.”

Apparently fed up, she declared that “henceforth, I am not willing to live with him, so any kind of physical harm should be considered coming from him as he has been blackmailing to kill me or hurt me whenever he sees me anywhere”.

A police officer had even gone to the rented home in Vasai East, the place the younger couple resided, to conduct an inquiry however she categorically instructed them that stated she did not wish to pursue the matter, in response to native media.

Since she had already given a letter withdrawing her earlier grievance the police stated they might not pressure her to pursue the case and even forcibly enter her house.

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