The Rs 10,000-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam in Uttar Pradesh got bloodier with yet another death — the fifth so far — in connection with the case.
Mahendra Sharma, 52, an accounting clerk in the state health department, was found lying in a pool of blood at a health centre in east UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on Wednesday. He was missing since February 7. The post-mortem revealed that Sharma had been smothered to death at least three days ago and his body has multiple injury marks.
Though police said Sharma’s death was not connected to the scam, his family alleged his seniors had forced him to sign some NRHM documents. The CBI, which is investigating the case also denied Sharma was being probed as a suspect or treated as a witness.
The Congress’ Ambika Soni and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the death again showed that the Mayawati government was using the Centre’s money to fund corruption.
The NRHM scam was at the centre of a political controversy at the beginning of the UP polls, when the BJP chief brought into the party a minister, Babu Singh Khushwaha, who Mayawati had sacked for his alleged involvement in it.