At a ramshackle house tucked away in one corner of a maze of lanes and by-lanes of this historic city in Madhya Pradesh, 62-year-old Narayan Singh Bhadoriya is waiting for what he refers to as the “final call from God”.
And he won’t mind if it comes tomorrow.
His life ended, for all practical purposes, in a matter of few days in January this year – on the 7th his young son hanged himself to death; a few days later his wife died of shock.
Bhadoriya’s story is a cruel reminder of the allegedly shoddy manner in which the probe into one of the state’s biggest scandal – the PEB scam – has progressed. And what the distressed father calls the “insensitivity” of investigators.
Bhadoriya’s son Ramendra Singh, just 28 when he died, was implicated in the scam after authorities of the Gajraraja Medical College in the city accused him of using an impersonator to crack the 2012 pre-medical test (PMT), one of the many rackets in the scam.
The day after he died, the special task force (STF) probing the scam, declared that they had already cleared Ramendra’s name.
“I don’t know why God did this with me,” a tearful Bhadoriya said on Thursday, laying bare the pain of a father and husband whose life has been shattered by a single act of discretion by the college.
Police said that Ramendra, who was working as a doctor at Gwalior’s reputed Birla Hospital, killed himself over a failed love affair.
Bhadoriya did not deny this fact but also said that his son was under tremendous mental pressure ever since he was named in an FIR in the scam in October, 2012.
“My son died the very day the news broke out that an FIR has been lodged against him,” Bhadoriya said, adding his son was a brilliant student who was offered coaching classes for the PMT free of cost institutes and teachers.
“I was on cloud nine when he became a doctor and now I get food only when my nephews fetch it from their home,” Bhadoriya added.
Neighbours pointed to dilapidated house to assert that Bhadoriya, a mill worker, was in no position to pay the lakhs of rupees allegedly charged by touts for a medical seat.
Bhadoriya admitted he had differences with his son over his affair as the woman, also a doctor, was from a different caste but added he had laer consented to their marriage.
“Whether they (police) attribute it to failed love affair or anything is another matter, my son was in deep depression because of the scam taint,” said Bhadoriya.
Sources said that the woman could have broken off the relationship because of his alleged links to the scam. STF officials were not available for comments on the issue of delay in announcing Ramendra’s innocence.