Shraddha Walkar’s friend Rajat Shukla describes her as a theater enthusiast who loved to act and had “a lot of spark” in her personality.
“Shraddha and I met in college. We both wanted to be journalists, so we often studied together. We were theater lovers. We have acted in several theater productions together,” says Mr. Shukla.
But all that changed when she met Aftab, he says. “She got bored. Soon after, she told me about their relationship. When I met him, he seemed normal to me. They said they wanted to move in together,” he added.
Shraddha informed her friends including Shukla that she was moving to Delhi with Aftab. “She said they decided to move to Delhi for work. We lost contact with her after she moved.”
On Tuesday, Delhi police arrested 28-year-old Aftab Amin Poonawala for allegedly murdering the Mumbai woman six months ago, chopping up her body into 35 pieces and dumping it at various locations in and around the national capital.
Shraddha had told her friends and parents that Aftab would often hit her when the two were fighting over the marriage.
“We tried to get her home safely. Unfortunately, all we got back was news of her brutal murder,” says Mr. Shukla.
“This can’t be a love story. Love stories don’t end like that. Investigators must find out who he is and what he was thinking. I hope justice for Shraddha,” he adds.