Constable questioned in MP Vyapam scam case found hanging at home

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2015 13:58 IST

A constable, who was questioned by authorities over alleged fraudulent recruitments made during a test conducted by the tainted MPPEB, was found dead in mysterious circumstances in his official residence in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh.

Ramakant Panda, 38, was found hanging in his home near the police station in Orchha town on Monday. Police registered a case of suicide and started an investigation.

Panda was alone at home. His wife and children had gone to their village in Datia district.

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He was recruited in 2000. Following a 2012 recruitment test for constables conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), three constables selected from Tikamgarh were interrogated by the Special Task Force (STF) that is investigating the Vyapam scam.

Panda too was quizzed on his alleged role as a mediator in the deal, officials said.

The MPPEB scam is said to be worth over Rs 10,000 crore and with powerful people ranging from politicians and bureaucrats to influential doctors and mining barons allegedly involved.

More than 2.5 million young people have been affected by the scandal, if only the recruitment and entrance tests conducted in 2012 and 2013 being probed by the STF are taken into account.


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