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‘Dr. Death’: Cops search river for woman victim

Maharashtra Police teams on Wednesday started a search in the Krishna river for the body of Vanita Narhari Gaikwad – one of the six victims of self-confessed killer medico Santosh Gulabrao Pol, now famous as “Dr. Death,” a top official said here.

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“The search is being carried out in the river waters in Umbrej and Karad areas,” said Satara Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil.

Additionally, at least three more families have come forward with cases of their missing relatives registered with the police and have expressed apprehensions over their fate.

Police are now probing afresh the missing complaints of Vilas Vishnu Dhage, 45, untraced since 2001; Dipali Krishna Sanas, 21, disappeared since 2002; Mahadeo Sonu Chikane, 47, off-radar since 2012.

All these missing persons were residents of different villages in Wai sub-district and their relatives are now worried about the fate that has befallen them in the wake of the latest stunning revelations.

Patil said in view of the fresh developments, the investigating team will probe these missing persons cases accordingly.

Meanwhile, during his ongoing custodial interrogation, Pol has revealed how he had eliminated two of his victims – Vanita Gaikwad and Salma Shaikh – in his ambulance by administering them lethal injections.

While he threw Gaikwad’s body in the Krishna river reservoir, he buried Shaikh in the complex near his poultry farm.

Till date, Pol has confessed to the cold-blooded killings of Surekha Kisan Chikane on May 20, 2003, Vanita Narhari Gaikwad on August 12, 2006, Jagabai Laxman Pol on August 13, 2010, Nathmal Dhanaji Bhandari on December 7, 2015 and an orphan Salma Shaikh on January 17, 2016.

A majority of the victims either worked with him or came in contact as patients, and their remains have been sent for forensic and DNA tests to match them with the victims, Ghanvat added.

On Wednesday, Pol told investigators that he had amassed nearly half a kilo of gold from his victims under the lure of doubling it in a ponzi scheme, and operated seven bank accounts.

The police are now in the process of writing to all the banks to provide details of all his accounts which could throw up more leads.

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