More planned murders? Two pits at Dr Death’s Satara farm fuel speculation

  • Satyajit Joshi, Hindustan Times, Pune
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 01:02 IST
Investigators have found two more pits on the premises of Santosh Pol’s farm at Dhom village in Satara district. (PTI Photo)

Investigators have found two more pits on the premises of Santosh Pol’s farm at Dhom village in Satara district, fuelling speculation that he was planning more murders. “We are trying to find the purpose of digging these pits,” said Wai PI Vinayak Vetal.

The police are expected to confront Pol over the issue during his interrogation. Sources in the investigating team said that police will also summon the owner of the earth mover, who used to provide service to Pol. They are searching records of hired machinery to build a strong evidence against him.

Meanwhile, with reports of some of the missing individuals coming in contact with Pol, Wai police have launched a fresh inquiry into the missing complaints. Wai police is also likely to seek information from its counterparts in Satara regarding these complaints.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that four missing persons whose body parts were dug out from near Pol’s farm had come in contact with him at some stage.

Wai police said they have identified three more missing persons who were in touch with Pol. Dr Sunanda Vikas Sonawane (62), a resident of Bramhanshahi near Wai, has been missing since 2012. According to the police, Dr Sonawane had enough money and gold to attract Pol, who used to give her medical advise.

Shyamrao Ramchandra Dudhane (45), a resident of Panchgani, has been missing since August 2011. He came in contact with Pol while he was admitted to a private hospital in Wai. Shailesh Gowande (25), a youth from Gangapuri near Wai, has been missing since April this year. He visited Pol frequently.

Police have summoned the families of all the three for further investigation.

Was nurse Mandhare his next target?

Wai police believe that Pol may have planned to kill Jyoti Mandhare, a nurse-cum-assistant who worked with him for two years, fearing strong circumstantial evidences against him.

Two more pits on his farm has strengthened their doubt that Pol was planning to kill Mandhare

Jyoti is currently in police custody for involvement in kidnapping Mangala Jedhe, the last victim of Pol. Police are filing a fresh charges against her after Jedhe’s body was found near Pol’s farm. Police are preparing to make her co-accused in the case.

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