Families of two men linked to a Madhya Pradesh examination scam who died under suspicious circumstances last week demanded a CBI probe on Wednesday, alleging they were murdered at the behest of government officials to cover up the high-profile scandal.
Narendra Tomar, 29, died on Sunday at an Indore hospital after complaining of chest pain in jail, while 40-year-old Dr Rajendra Arya who was out on bail in the case passed away during treatment at a private medical centre in Gwalior reportedly because of a liver disease.
“Narendra was murdered inside jail. To show his death as a natural one, a jail guard took him to the hospital and got him declared dead due to heart failure while undergoing treatment,” Tomar’s brother Vikram Singh said. “During the 29 years of his life, my brother never had a heart ailment or any other health issue.
The jail and hospital administration are working under the state government and they are acting as per the government’s diktat.”
At least 2,000 people have been arrested and another 500 are wanted for their role in rigging the professional tests conducted by the MP Professional Examination Board (PEB) for admissions and recruitment to various courses and government jobs.
With the two deaths the body count of people linked to the scandal reached 25 last week, but an investigation by HT showed a dozen other people connected to the so-called Vyapam scam, who were not mentioned in police documents, died mysteriously.
“I admitted my father to hospital as he was suffering from fever and body ache. He died in the morning. My father was not ailing,” said Rajendra Arya’s son Rahul.
“Earlier, we didn’t feel there was any conspiracy in the death of my father. But after learning that many people, whose names cropped up in the scam, have died in suspicious circumstances, we also feel that there is a need for an inquiry by a central agency.”
A Special Task Force is investigating the case while the Madhya Pradesh high court is monitoring the probe directly through a Special Investigation Team.
But Vikram Singh said he was not satisfied and wanted a CBI inquiry. “If we don’t get justice, we will leave this state,” he warned