Vyapam scam: Schoolteacher-father abandons 'racketeer' sons

  • M Poornima, Hindustan Times, Shivpuri
  • Updated: Aug 07, 2015 21:10 IST

Both his sons are lodged in two different jails of Madhya Pradesh for the last eight months, but he has never visited them.

Ramesh Chandra Dhakad, a government teacher and father of two racketeers in the Madhya Pradesh Pre Medical Test (MPPMT) scam abandoned his two sons after their names were linked with the multi-layered recruitment scam.

“I don’t know whether my sons are innocent or culprits, but names of my sons being linked with the Vyapam scam has ashamed me a lot. I performed my services in (the) school education department with full dedication, but now I feel embarrassed going to school,” said Dhakad, who is a teacher in a primary school in Bachora village in Pohari block of Shivpuri district.

Shiv Kumar Dhakad and Ram Kumar Dhakad were arrested and jailed in November 2014.

“My elder son is in Bhopal jail and my younger son in Indore jail. I came to know about my elder son’s arrest when a team of police visited our house one morning. They were in search of my younger son, who was later arrested from Indore,” he said.

His family members rarely interact with the other residents of the colony after the arrest of his sons.

Dhakad lives in a big house and also owns a SUV -- an indication of their good financial condition - but claims to be ignorant about even the medical college where his younger son studied. He said that a major chunk of his earnings comes from an agricultural land, which was looked after by his elder son.

When HT visited Dhakad’s residence, it took him an hour to come out. He provided the newspaper with several prescriptions from various doctors.

“I never approached any advocate to get bail for my sons. My financial and psychological condition is not well. I have to take care of my daughter-in-law and their four-year-old son. I will soon take retirement, as I don’t have strength to deal with this trouble,” the middle-aged man said.

Shiv Kumar, 30, is a BAMS doctor and Ram Kumar, 24, was pursuing MBBS from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore when they were arrested.

According to their father, Shiv was trying to bag a government job for past many years, but couldn’t succeed, while Ram Kumar was MBBS second year student.

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