Santosh Pol, the fake doctor who confessed to murdering six people between 2003 and 2016, administered an overdose of anaesthesia in two cases, which caused cardiac arrest, said police sources.
While the police are investigating the authenticity of the medical course - Bachelor of Electropathy Medicine and Surgery (BEMS) - attempted by Santosh Pol, residents in Wai and surrounding villagers respected him for his sharp understanding of medical science.
Sources said that Pol revealed he used anaesthesia in at least two cases. Police believe that Pol used anaesthesia and was the one to call for an ambulance as he believed it would not arouse suspicion among people.
Dr Vidyadhar Ghotwadekar, a leading medical practitioner in Wai, recalled that he was a great helping hand and used to look after the ICU during his night shifts. “Patients used to call him doctor saheb in front of me. It was because of his medical knowledge. He has learnt all the skills and acquired knowledge to survive in the medical line,” Dr Ghotwadekar told HT.
Pol worked with Dr Ghotwadekar for a considerable period. He was sacked twice by Ghotwadekar for his manners and trouble-making nature. In 2015, Dr Ghotwadekar sacked Pol but purchased an ambulance for him. “It was to keep him away from hospital activities”, Dr Ghotwadekar said. Pol used to run an ambulance for his hospital. But Dr Ghotwadekar asked him to stop running an ambulance as he continued to create a nuisance. In July this year, Pol took the ambulance without informing Dr Ghotwadekar, forcing him to lodge a complaint with Wai police.
People in Wai and surrounding villages admit that several people had benefited because of his medicines. Pol started dispensaries in remote villages like Dhom and Wadiwali to win the confidence of the local residents. People from surrounding villages used to seek medical advice and get medicines from him, residents of Dhom said. Police have come to the conclusion that Pol used his medical knowledge to establish himself as a medical practitioner and later to win over his targets.
Two of the victims were working as nurse-cum-helper either with Pol or somewhere else. Jyoti Mandhare, who is now in police custody in connection with the Mangala Jedhe kidnapping case, is also a nurse and used to work with Pol. All three women came in close contact with Pol because of his medical knowledge, police said. Pol had worked with at least five hospitals in Wai.
A few people from Dhom village complained that Pol used to scare women, suggesting that they undergo HIV tests. Pol is believed to have collected blood samples of few women from Dhom and the neighbouring Wadiwali village for the purpose.
Government de-recognised BEMS in 1994
Claims and counter claims are being made about bachelor of Electropathy medicine and surgery, the course reportedly attempted by Santosh Pol. Some colleges in Maharashtra started this course in 1986 but the government de-recognised this course in 1994. Students, who had completed this course, are not allowed to work as medical practitioner by the law. According to rough estimate, 30,000 students completed this three-year course in Maharashtra during its short span of eight years. The course was de-recognised, following strong objections by the medical field that electropathy was not a recognised medicine system.