Home minister RR Patil will initiate a CID probe into the death of sugarcane labourer Vijaymala Mahadev Patekar. The 30-year-old died of haemorrhagic shock and heavy blood flow following her second trimester abortion in Parli tehsil on May 18.
The Parli judicial magistrate court, on Tuesday, gave permission to book doctor couple Sudam and Saraswati Munde, at whose clinic the operation was conducted, for culpable homicide and declared them absconding.
The woman’s husband, Mahadev Patekar, had also been charged under section 304 of the IPC, which amounts to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
The court also asked the police to issue a non-bailable arrest warrant against the couple and has booked them for negligence.
“We have decided to initiate a CID inquiry which will look at investigating the case further. We have also decided to set up a committee that will be headed by a superintendent of police (SP) level official to look into the links that helped the doctor couple,” Patil told the media on Wednesday.
On May 22, health minister Suresh Shetty had ordered the crime branch to investigate the case.
Patekar had 4 daughters and was pregnant with a fifth child which she wanted to abort, he had said.
Shetty had added that a sonography machine from the clinic too was sealed earlier when Munde was found to be involved in such cases of abortion.
But the couple’s influence had allowed them to escape law and continue with the abortions, he had said.