Daily Briefing: A Delhi horror story; an ‘absent’ Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat; and more

Daily Briefing: A Delhi horror story; an ‘absent’ Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat; and more

Updated: 4 months, 15 days, 1 hour, 47 minutes, 5 seconds ago

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The House of Horrors

A love story that began on dating app Bumble near Mumbai in 2019 came to a chilling end inside a rented one-room flat in Delhi, where a 28-year-old man allegedly strangled his 27-year-old live-in partner, chopped her body into over 30 parts and spent the next two-three months dumping them in a forested area nearby.

Their relationship was a turbulent one with friends alleging that the accused, Aaftab Poonawala, “mentally tortured her (Shraddha Walkar) and physically assaulted her several times”.

In shocking revelations about his crime, Poonawala allegedly told the police he was inspired by the US television crime series Dexter to carry out the act. He also allegedly brought another woman to his flat on a date while his partner’s body parts were stuffed in a fridge. 

Using potpurri and room freshners to mask the stench, Poonawala took several measures to hide the murder, right under the nose of neigbhours.

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Rahul Gandhi has so far been absent from the high-stakes Gujarat campaign. Congress leaders, however, remain positive, relying on the “indirect” impact of the Bharat Jodo Yatra and his long-distance monitoring. 

From the Front Page

India’s retail inflation eased to a three-month low of 6.77 per cent in October, helped by a slower rise in food inflation and the base effect. However, this marks the tenth month it has stayed above the RBI’s tolerance band of 2-6 per cent.


In its latest issue, RSS-affiliated magazine The Organiser has accused e-commerce giant Amazon of funding religious conversion in the country’s Northeast through the American Baptist Church. It also alleged that ABM was running a front named All India Mission (AIM) in India. Amazon, however, has denied any relationship with AIM.

In its long-term strategy to address the climate crisis, the government said that India would need “tens of trillions of dollars by 2050” to transition to a low-carbon development path that would take it to the promised net-zero status by 2070.

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And Finally…

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Delhi Confidential: Union minister Hardeep Puri, on a visit to J&K, tweeted a photo from BJP’s Srinagar’s office with the lines “kamal ka phool, kamaal ka phool, vikas ka phool…” Congress social media tech head Prashant Pratap Singh responded by rhyming Puri’s name with “bhel puri, pani puri, aloo puri” and asked if the “sycophancy” was complete — or “poori”. This tweet seemed to have been inadvertently liked by Puri’s official account, before being un-liked later.


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Until tomorrow,

Sonal Gupta and Anandu Suresh