Those arrested include Datta Kakde, the owner of a car in which the Mundes left Parli on May 23 and their relative Gangadhar Gutte, who helped them to travel from one place to another while they were on the run. Noor Jahan Sayyad and Sugribi Shaikh Rehman, who worked as nurses in the couple’s hospital and are believed to be responsible for disposing the foetuses after abortions, were also arrested.
Divisional police officer Swati Bhor of Ambejogai taluka said, “Dr Munde has been practising since 1978 and it is believed that he conducted over 5,000 sex determination and selection tests which resulted in illegal abortions.”
Activist Varsha Deshpande of Lek Laadki Adbhiyan claims the figures are even more shocking than the police assume. “Dr Munde and his wife are into this business of female foeticide for almost 20 years now and he used to abort around 40 women a day, so the numbers will be somewhere in lakhs. There many more such Mundes in Beed, which has resulted in the poor sex ratio in the state,” Deshpande said.