Vyapam scam: Family members point out weak links in police probe

  • Ashutosh Shukla, Sravani Sarkar and Shruti Tomar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 17, 2015 10:50 IST
Dr Rajendra Arya’s daughters, Swati and Riya with his portrait at their Gwalior residence. (HT Photo)

As the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team probing the Vyapam scam has reportedly summoned the police case diaries relating to several deaths, the families of Namrata Damor, Rajendra Arya and Deepak Verma have pointed out the weak areas during police investigations into their deaths.

Namrata Damor (19)

Namrata Damor, a student of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Indore was found dead near railway tracks in Ujjain.

Police endorsed the second postmortem report which suggested she had committed suicide. The first post-mortem conducted by a panel of doctors had concluded
that it was a case of murder.

Talking to HT, Namrata's brother Omprakash Damor said initial post-mortem report attributed her death to "violent asphyxia" (smothering).

Sharp weapon wound at the base of her neck, a blunt force injury on her forehead, clawing marks on the nose and upper lip and bruises were noticed on right side of her body, he said. He said none of her bones was fractured, which was not possible if someone had jumped from a fast-moving train to commit suicide, as police claimed.

Omprakash said Namrata's cell phone, identity documents like license that she always carried or any railway ticket was not found on her body. The cell phone was later traced to a girl from Chhattisgarh, who had been formerly her college mate in Indore.

A guard at a railway crossing near the spot where Namrata's body was found reportedly told the family that he saw people in a "jeep-like four-wheeler" throw
some heavy thing on the tracks.

Three suspects (Vishal Verma,Dev Sisodia and Yash Deshawal) whose calls were found in the records of Namrata's phone close to time of her death were also let off.

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Dr Rajendra Arya (39)

According to the family members of Rajendra Arya who died in Gwalior, the doctors who treated him said he suffered from lever dysfunction. However, Dr Arya never told his family about any serious disease that he might have been suffering from, they said.

Dr Arya's brother Ram Prakash said it was unrealistic to believe that a doctor would not know about his disease and if he knew, he would allow it to reach that stage.

Dr Arya's family also refutes doctors' and STF's claim that he was drinking a lot and it had taken its toll on his lever. STF maintains Dr Arya suffered from lever dysfunction and it ultimately killed him. The doctors who attended to Dr Arya after he fell ill while returning from Kota in Rajasthan supported the claim.

Deepak Verma (24)

Kailashi Verma, mother of Deepak Verma (24) who was said to be a middleman in the PMT scam, told HT over phone, "I raised several doubts over my son's death but neither STF nor police chose to look into it.

"As per the police's claim, my son died in a road mishap. They showed us the car which was badly damaged but there was no scar or injury mark on my son's body except a small injury mark on his head, which itself belied the police theory,she said.

"It looked as if somebody had hit him in his head with some iron rod. We asked police to take us to the accident spot but police refused. Police didn't even tell us about another person Rohit who was in the car and survived in the accident," she added.

She further said, "Now, we hope that CBI will clear all the doubts. My son was a brilliant student and had been selected in several medical exams."

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