Beed-Suspect doc’s son surrenders to police


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After being on the run for more than two months, Venkatesh alias Papa Sudam Munde (27), whose doctor parents Sudam and Saraswati Munde are the main suspects in a major foeticide racket, was arrested by the Beed police on Thursday.

Ambejogai taluka’s divisional police officer Swati Bhor said Papa Munde and four of his friends surrendered at the police station at 6 am on Thursday.

“Five persons including Venkatesh Munde and his accomplices Bahiram Salve (39), Nitin Deshmukh (29), Parameshwar Ankushe (27) and Sanjay Soni (30) were arrested.”

Investigations into his alleged role of aiding his parents in the female foeticide racket are on. Baliram is a farm labourer, Parameshwar a driver and Sanjay and Nitin his business friends,” said Bhor.

In the last week of May, Beed resident Vijaymala Patekar died while under the care of the Mundes. The doctor couple was accused of carrying out an illegal abortion on Patekar, who was in her second trimester as she was carrying a girl child.

Investigations revealed that the Mundes had offences registered against them in the past of running an illegal sex determination racket.

On Thursday afternoon, the five suspects were produced before the court of Judicial magistrate (first class) RR Kale and were remanded in police custody till Tuesday.

Assistant public prosecutor Atul Tandale argued that the suspects were absconding from the time the offence was registered and after a month they had voluntarily surrendered. “The police have seized the vehicles used for transporting the pregnant women. During investigation it was revealed that the suspects own an illegal sonogrophy machine that needs to be recovered from them. They should be remanded in police custody for a week.”

The Munde couple absconded when the police began inquiring into allegations about the Mundes feeding female foetuses to dogs or burying them on their farms. They surrendered to the police in mid-June. Venkatesh is believed to have helped his parents evade arrest and also helped them while they were on the run.

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