Why was no action taken on Aftab even after Shraddha's complaint? A former police officer raised questions
Retired Maharashtra police officers on Thursday said policemen in Palghar district should have taken serious note of the complaint lodged by Shraddha Walkar in 2020 accusing her 'live-in partner' Aftab Poonawalla of attempting to murder her. had accused him and expressed apprehension that he would tear him to pieces. He said that after the complaint, the local police should have recorded the statement and investigated the matter by registering a case against the accused.
However, some other retired officers said that since Walkar had withdrawn her complaint letter, the police could not be held responsible as it could not do much after that. In May this year, Walkar (27) was allegedly murdered by Poonawalla in Delhi. Poonawalla strangled Walkar to death and cut her body into 35 pieces, which he kept in a refrigerator for about three weeks at his residence in south Delhi's Mehrauli, before disposing of it in different parts of the city over several days.
Shraddha had filed a complaint two years ago
On Wednesday, the police said that Walkar had given a complaint in November 2020 at the Tulinj police station in Palghar's Vasai, alleging that Poonawalla was trying to kill him. He also said that when the local police contacted Walkar, he had withdrawn the complaint saying that the dispute between him and Poonawalla had been resolved. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the state government will conduct an inquiry into why the police did not act on Walkar's complaint.
which indicates that she was under pressure
Former Additional Director General of Police (ADG) Prem Krishna Jain said, “The woman (Walker) had approached the Tulinj police with a handwritten complaint, so they could record her statement and file a case against her live-in partner Poonawalla. "It is the duty of the police to register the case and investigate it as per law," he said, adding that Walkar had withdrawn his complaint after 20 days, which itself indicated that let's say she was under pressure. He said that it should be probed as to why the police did not investigate his complaint initially.
The complaint should have been taken seriously
Former Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) D. Sivanandan said that the safety of women should be the priority of the police. "They should have taken serious cognizance of the complaint lodged by the woman and taken appropriate action," he said, adding, "Police could have summoned Poonawalla and taken action against him." Since Walkar herself told the police that the dispute between her and Poonawalla has been resolved and she does not want to pursue the complaint, it is not the fault of the police. Sivanandan said, "If the complainant is not determined, then the police cannot do anything in such cases as there was a love affair between Walkar and Poonawalla."
Know what former DGP Praveen Dixit said
Former state DGP Praveen Dixit said, “If a woman goes to the police station with a complaint, they should not turn her away empty-handed. They should take serious cognizance of it and send a policeman with him to investigate the matter.”. He said, “In the case of Walkar, a police sub-inspector called him two-three times after receiving the complaint, but by then he had been admitted to a hospital. The hospital authorities also did not inform the police about him.
These allegations were made in the complaint
He said the police went to Walkar's residence after three weeks, but at that time Poonawalla's parents assured her that their son would marry her, after which she withdrew her complaint. In his complaint to the Tulinj police, Walkar had said, “Today he tried to kill me by strangulation. He threatened me that he would kill me, and throw me into pieces. He has been beating me up for the last six months. But I didn't have the guts to go to the police as he threatened to kill me." The complaint said, "His (Poonawalla's) parents know that he beats me up and has tried to kill me. Tried to kill him.