Police said the woman from Maharashtra’s Mumbai was allegedly murdered by her live-in partner in May this year.
He kept her body pieces in a refrigerator for a few weeks, taking out a few pieces every night that he dumped in different parts of Delhi
Police said the man was arrested following a missing complaint filed by the father of the 26-year-old woman, Shraddha, who complained that he hadn’t been able to get in touch with her for months.
Identified as Aftab Poonawalla, he allegedly confessed to the murder and told them that he cut her body into 35 pieces.
According to preliminary investigations, the woman worked in a call centre in Mumbai where she came in contact with the accused.
Her parents did not approve of their relationship. At some point, they shifted out to Delhi and started living in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area.
Citing Poonawalla’s interrogation, police said the couple had a heated argument on May 18 which turned violent. The accused allegedly smothered Shraddha.
Police said the man allegedly purchased a refrigerator, chopped Shraddha’s body and kept them in a refrigerator to slow down the decomposition.
For the next two weeks or so, he would leave home every night and dump some of the pieces at one place or the other.
Police said the woman’s family filed a complaint with the Mehrauli police after noticing that she hadn’t been uploading photographs on her social media accounts.
The officer said they brought in her live-in partner for questioning and found gaps in his explanation for her absence.
Police said they are trying to locate some of the body parts and collect other forensic evidence to establish the sequence of events.