Shraddha Walkar murder case: Maharashtra govt to probe why no action taken on 2020 letter, says deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis | Mumbai News – Times of India

NAGPUR/ MUMBAI: Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced on Wednesday that the state government would inquire why the Mira-Bhayander Vasai-Virar police took no action over Shraddha Walkar‘s complaint letter of November 2020 against her live-in partner, Aaftab Poonawala.
It mentioned Poonawala had attempted to kill her by suffocating her and given specific threats of cutting up her body. Earlier this year, he allegedly carried out the threat.
“I have gone through the letter and its contents are very serious. We need to investigate why no action was taken by the police,” said Fadnavis, who holds the home portfolio, during a visit to Nagpur. Adding he did not want to play a (political) blame game, Fadnavis said truth must come out. “If the police had acted on Shraddha’s letter, perhaps she would have been alive today,” he said.
Tulinj police on Wednesday attempted to clarify that they had gone to the couple’s house to investigate after having received Walkar’s letter in 2020. But she later withdrew her complaint and refused to register an FIR, police said.
Tulinj police said they follow a standard operating procedure which involves giving out a token number to a complainant whenever a complaint application is given to the police station. In the next few weeks, contents of the complaint are verified on ground and the statement of the complainant is taken. If the complainant fails to turn up at the police station, then officers visit his/ her residence. “Less than a month after she wrote the letter to us, Walkar said Poonawala’s parents intervened and resolved the matter. We recorded her statement on December 19 where she said the fight was over domestic reasons, it had been resolved and she did not have any complaint against Poonawala anymore,” an officer said. In a document addressed to Walkar dated December 19, Tulinj police said they were putting away the letter into their files.
Inquiring why no action was taken on Walkar’s letter, BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar said, “Was there any kind of pressure on the police force to not act? Or was there an attempt to cover up the entire matter? It is necessary to have a thorough inquiry.”

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