A police van carrying Shraddha Walkar's murder accused, Aftab Amin Poonawala, was attacked by a group of people with swords on November 28 evening. The men flashed swords and ran after the police van to attack the accused. The attack was foiled by the cops who were guarding the police van, they pointed guns at the attackers and overpowered them.
The incident took place outside the Forensic Science Laboratory in Rohini where Aftab was taken for a polygraph test. Police detained two attackers and sent them to judicial custody today, November 29.
Both the accused, Kuldeep Thakur and Nigam Gurjar were produced in the court by the Delhi Police, from where they have been sent to judicial custody.
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#WATCH | Police van carrying Shradhha murder accused Aftab Poonawalla attacked by at least 2 men carrying swords who claim to be from Hindu Sena, outside FSL office in Delhi pic.twitter.com/Bpx4WCvqXs— ANI (@ANI) November 28, 2022
Meanwhile, accused Aaftab Poonawalla today brought for the fifth time to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) office amid high security.
Police said that their team is trying to identify and arrest the rest of the accused. An FIR has also been registered under Sections 186, 353, 147, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Prashant Vihar Police Station in this regard.
According to the cops, the sword attack was allegedly attempted by the workers of Hindu Sena.
"The responsibility of transporting prisoners from jail to anywhere is of the third Battalion of the Delhi Police. Aaftab was escorted by five police personnel, including one SI rank as their in-charge, during the attempted attack by sword-wielders on a police van carrying Poonawala," said a police official (over the phone on the conditions of anonymity) as quoted by ANI.. "The police personnel and Aaftab were safe and secured," he added.
Aaftab is accused of strangling to death his live-in partner, Shraddha, and chopping her body into 35 pieces. He is also alleged to have preserved the chopped body parts in a refrigerator before dumping them in forested areas in Delhi and Gurugram.