Aftab Ameen Poonawala, who allegedly murdered his live-in girlfriend, dismembered her body into 35 pieces, and dumped the pieces across Delhi, is currently being held in custody around the clock.
A look at their social media handles reveals two distinct personalities as grisly details of the crime emerge. Shraddha Walkar wasn’t as active on Instagram as Aftab, who used to run a food blog with over 28,000 followers.
On her social media profile, she described herself as a wanderer and had over 2700 followers. The majority of her posts featured portraits of her in scenic settings with one-line captions.
She posted a picture of herself reading a book in Himachal Pradesh a week before her murder. The image was posted on May 11, with a caption.
She posted a picture of herself reading a book in Himachal Pradesh a week before her murder. The photo was posted on May 11 with the caption, “Exploring more and more with each passing day.”
Prior to that, 10 days before her murder, she posted an Instagram video of herself posing by the Ganges in Rishikesh. According to the caption, she enjoyed travelling and discovering new places.
“After a long and exhausting day of travelling 1500 kilometres, I decided to end my day with a view, possibly a sunset,” she said. In Vashisht gufa, I walked down to the Ganga’s banks. Who knew that sitting on the absolutely serene banks of the Ganga would be a calling for me…”
Shraddha’s first Instagram post shows her standing by the train door, with the caption, “Awaiting destination.” She also shared photos from Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand that year. In 2021, her account had no posts.
Meanwhile, Aftab Ameen Poonawala allegedly used her Instagram account to communicate with her friends in an attempt to cover up her murder, according to police. This allegedly continued for more than a month after he strangled her to death on May 18.
According to a PTI report citing police sources, Aftab used to impersonate Shraddha on the app and chat with her friends until June 9 to give the impression she was still alive.