In police records, Shyamveer Yadav was a racketeer in the Vyapam scam, a middleman who helped candidates in the pre-medical tests secure seats in Madhya Pradesh.
But for the people of Hurawali locality, on the outskirts of Gwalior city, he has always been “doctor sahib” though he never got past the first year in medical college.
Shyamveer was just 19 when he died in a road accident in Raisen district along with two of his classmates from the Bundelkhand Medical College in Sagar. That was in 2010.
Four years after his death, police came to the village to inform his family that Shyamveer was a racketeer in the scam.
For the family of the student, known as a “hardworking” and “soft-spoken person”, it was a pain bigger than the untimely death of Shyamveer.
“After the sudden death of my brother, my parents almost lost their mental balance. We threw each and everything, his photographs, which could have brought his memory back in the Ganga,” said his sister Mini.
She added that police handed over a copy of the FIR which named Shyamveer as an accused in the scam.
“We didn’t suspect any foul play in his death but police only opened our wounds. Now that he is not alive to defend himself, anyone can accuse him of anything,” Mini added.
The family’s neighbours HT spoke to also refused to believe that he was capable of fraud.
“We don’t know what the police are saying about his role in the scam but Shyamveer was a hero for us. He died early but in that short span, he taught us a lot. We still ask our children to follow him because we have all seen his hard work to clear the PMT,” said a neighbor who did not wished to be named.
Shyamveer’s father, Banwari Yadav, was a compounder at a government primary health centre in Morar. His mother, Keshwati, who still rears buffaloes, used to sell milk so that their two children could study well.
Shyamveer helped his mother in her dairy business and would go to Gwalior on bicycle to sell milk.
“A boy, who never asked for money to buy fashionable clothes and distributed milk on cycle to arrange for his coaching fee can’t be a fraud. I am still proud of my son,” said Keshwati, trying to hold back her tears.
Ramsaran, 70, who had seen Shyamveer grow, too said that the youngster always wanted to be a doctor.
“After distributing milk, he used to go for coaching. I don’t know about the Vyapam scam and his connection to any racket but Shyamveer will remain a source of motivation for youngsters of the area,” said Ramsaran added.