DMAT scam accused alleges attack, seeks police protection

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Aug 04, 2015 22:23 IST

A Dental and Medical Admission Test (DMAT) scam accused in Madhya Pradesh alleged on Tuesday that he perceived threat to life as he was shot at by some motorcycle-borne attackers on Monday night .

He has sought police protection.

Surendra Singh, 38, who is a resident of Ishwar Nagar locality in Bhopal, said he apprehended threat to his life as he was scheduled to appear on Wednesday as an intervener before the MP high court in Jabalpur, which is hearing the scam case .

Singh, who was arrested in 2013 for mediating deals in the scam, alleged that former DMAT examination controller A W Khan was “killed” as he too knew everything about the scam. Khan had suffered a brain haemorrhage during an interrogation in the same year and admitted to Narmada Trauma Centre but was deliberately shifted to Chirayu Hospital later where he died. “I will try to raise these points before the court,” he said.

About the Monday incident, Singh said he was shot at by some motorcycle-borne miscreants when he was about to close the door of his house.

"Some pellets hit my palm. I went to a private hospital for dressing. When I went to the police station today (a day later on Tuesday), they refused to lodge an FIR and asked me to submit a complaint instead. I have asked for police protection too."

However, Shahpura police denied that he wanted to lodge an FIR about the firing incident. The said he only asked for protection citing threat to his life. But why he didn’t go to the police the same day.

Singh said, "What would have happened if I had gone to police?” Quoting his earlier experience, he said he had revealed to the police vital information about the scam during his interrogation in 2013. But, “the police saw to it that I don't get bail for 16 months.”

However, LN Medical College owner Anup Chaukse, for whom he worked as a middleman , was given the bail within 10 days.

Singh admitted to his role in the scam and said he had got nine students from Andhra Pradesh to fill their examination forms on September 9 for the examination slated the next day.

He said he had manipulated the procedure for money on many occasions for college owners, who minted money but he "only got crumbs."

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