Six murders by 'Dr Death' - cops find four bodies

Satara (Maharashtra): Maharashtra Police on Tuesday said they had found bodies of four of the six people murdered in cold blood by a self-confessed medico, Santosh Pol. Satara Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil, who rushed to Wai town with colleagues, said that following the shocking revelations by Pol, police dug his farmhouse premises and found the remains of four bodies at various locations. Charged with kidnapping and murdering an 'aanganwadi worker' Mangal Jedhe on June 16, Pol admitted to committing a total of six murders, including that of a man, after administering them lethal overdose of some medicines, earning him the sobriquet 'Dr. Death'. The 41-year-old Pol's associate, nurse Jyoti Mandre, has also been arrested. Both have been sent to police custody by a court. The case has stunned Maharashtra. "We are trying to find out where the fifth victim's body was disposed off and also one victim whose body was thrown into a water reservoir," Patil told the media on the stunning developments in the case. Among the victims were an orphan woman, Salma Shaikh, who was missing from January this year. Another, Vanita Gaikwad, belonged to a jeweller's family and went missing in July 2006.  A majority of the victims either worked with him or came in contact as patients. Though Patil did not specify the exact motive behind the killings, initial investigation pointed to he cheating his victims of their gold and more. "We shall investigate all the missing persons' cases in and around Wai since 2003, the hospitals where he worked, question other patients and employees, tackle all possible angles," Patil asserted. Meanwhile, a police team was busy digging Pol's sprawling farmhouse land for possibly more bodies.