Mumbai : Even as the skeletal remains of the four victims allegedly murdered by Dr Santosh Gulabrao Pol have been brought to Mumbai for investigations, forensic experts say that these tests are unlikely to throw any light on their cause of death.

These murders are reported to have been committed by the alleged culprit in the period between 2003 and 2016 and he is believed to have used anaesthetic injections to kill his victims. After killing them, ‘Dr Death’ as he is also known, used to bury their bodies in his farm house and no one suspected that he was behind these disappearances.

These cases came to light when the police started investigating the disappearance of the latest victim, Mangal Jedhe and arrested one of his associates Jyoti Mandhre. When investigations revealed that Dr Pol was behind these murders, he was arrested by the police and the bodies were exhumed from the farm house.

Even as the police are seeking forensic help to understand the nature of deaths, sources say that the bodies are highly decomposed and there is no chance of getting any information on this aspect. “The culprit has already confessed that he has killed his victims by administering lethal injections to them. But there is no chance of detecting these chemicals in the decomposed bodies,”  a senior forensic doctor revealed.  Experts said that for the chemicals to be detected there has to be some tissues available in the body so that tests can be carried out on them. Medical sources said that the only information that can be obtained from these skeletons is the identity of the person along with the sex and the age. “The identity can be established by establishing the DNA type of the victim and then matching it with that of the relatives. There is a similarity in the DNA of near relatives,” the doctor explained.

When queried on this, Dr Harish Pathak, head of forensic department of KEM Hospital, said that they are yet to start the tests on the bones and are still trying to understand the different tests that can be done on them. “Basically, we will do the DNA tests on them for identification and also establish the age and sex of the victims,” he said.

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