The Shraddha Walkar murder case has taken a new turn after the purported letter of Walkar written to Mumbai Police in 2020 has emerged raising questions at police inaction.
In the letter Walkar had written to police stating, “he tried to kill me” and threatened to “cut me up in pieces and throw me away”. The complaint was given to Mumbai Police submitted on November 23, 2020.
In her written complaint submitted two years ago, Walkar wrote: “Today, he tried to kill me by suffocating me and he scares and blackmails me that he will kill me, cut me up in pieces and throw me away. It’s been 6 months he has been hitting me but I did not have the guts to go to the police because he would threaten to kill me”.
“His parents are aware that he beats me and that he tried to kill me. They also know about we living-in together in east and they visit on weekends. I lived with him till date as we were supposed to get married anytime soon and had the blessings of his family”.
She further wrote, “Henceforth I’m not willing to live with him so any kind of physical damage should be considered coming from him as he has been blackmailing me to kill me or hurt me whenever he sees me anywhere,”
The Mumbai Police however clarified on the same stating that she withdrew the complaint 26 days after submitting it and said that her dispute with Poonawala had been resolved.
The officials also informed that when they wanted to record her statement and question Ponnawala, she withdrew the complaint after few days of filing it.
Walkar was informed through a letter that an inquiry into her complaint was being closed.
Poonawala who was arrested by Delhi Police had strangled her on May 18 this year at their rented flat in Delhi’s Mehrauli area, cut her body into over 30 pieces and dumped the parts in a forest nearby.
It has also come to the fore that on December 3, 2020, ten days after filing her complaint, Walkar underwent treatment at Ozone Multispeciality Hospital in Nalasopara for three days for suspected internal injuries.
According to the police, Walkar’s statement on retracting her complaint was recorded on December 19, 2020, at the rented apartment in Vasai where the couple were staying at the time.
However, the emergence of the letter has led to severe opposition in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told media that the present government will investigate why “no action was taken” by police under the previous MVA regime.