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    Police make arrests over Indian sperm bank theft

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    NEW DELHI, April 22 (RIA Novosti) - Indian police have arrested two men over the theft of more than 100 sperm samples from India's oldest sperm bank in Aurangabad, central India, national media said on Tuesday.

    Anil Mohite tried to sell the stolen sperm to an infertility center in Mumbai last week for 25,000 rupees ($626) unaware of the real cost of his stolen plunder. In Europe three vials cost approximately $180 to $250.

    Doctors became suspicious and contacted the police. During the investigation police discovered that Anil Mohite's close relative worked at the Aurangabad sperm bank and both men were arrested on suspicion of theft.

    "It is a very different sort of theft case," a police investigator told the Times of India. An official for the sperm bank, Suryakant Hayatnagarkar, said: "We are caught in a very difficult situation, as we do not know how many samples have been smuggled out of the laboratory."

    "The incident does not make sense to me. Why would any infertility specialist or gynecologist buy a sample that has limited shelf life and without proper records?" Dr Aniruddha Malpani was quoted as saying.

    India has ten sperm banks in the country with a population of approximately 1.13 billion people.

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