Delhi Police‘s crime branch announced Monday that it had cracked the mystery behind the body parts found strewn at a dumping ground in Pandav Nagar in June this year and arrested a woman, Poonam (48), and her son, Deepak (25). Special commissioner (crime) Ravindra Singh Yadav said that the body parts were of Poonam’s husband, Anjan Das (52).
No missing complaint raised cops’ suspicions
Das and Poonam had kids from previous marriages. Yadav said that Poonam and her son decided to get rid of Das after he allegedly attempted to sexually assault some female members of the family. They allegedly organised a party for him on May 30 and plied him with food and liquor which had sedatives. Once he fell into a semi-conscious state, they stabbed him and slit his throat. They left the body like that for a day so that the blood would drain out and then chopped the body into more than 22 pieces. These parts were then packed and stored in a refrigerator and disposed of over the next few days.
The refrigerator and the weapon of offence have been recovered. “The deceased’s mobile phone and clothes of the accused persons seen in some CCTV footage while disposing of the body parts have also been seized,” added special CP Yadav. Police had been alerted about the body parts on June 5. Cops found a plastic bag and human organs among bushes on the north side of a ground. A few days later, the head of the deceased was also recovered from a plastic bag but the face could not be recognised due to decomposition. On November 17, barely a week after the Shraddha Walkar case left the country stunned, TOI had reported how the Pandav Nagar case had remained unsolved for months, prompting the police chief to direct cops to solve the case. The crime branch then began putting together the pieces of the puzzle. A special team, comprising inspector Rakesh and sub-inspectors Amit Grewal and Anuj, was formed to pursue the case. Doctors confirmed that the deceased was an adult male.
CCTV footage of nearby areas were collected and rechecked. “It was observed that on the intervening night of May 31 and June 1, a woman and a man had disposed of the plastic bag at a the ground. On June 1 afternoon, the duo was seen repeating the act,” said DCP (crime) Amit Goel.
When examining records of all missing persons of the area, the breakthrough came through an input that a person had been missing since the incident but no missing report had been lodged. An inquiry revealed Anjan Das had been missing for five to six months but his family members had neither reported this to police, nor made any efforts to trace him. The duo seen in CCTV footage appeared similar to his wife and son. They gave conflicting answers when questioned. On cross-examination, they broke down.