A team of CBI officials probing Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday arrived in Odisha to investigate into the mysterious death of former Indian Forest Service officer Vijay Bahadur. The IFS officer, who served as central observer for two controversial Vyapam recruitment test, reportedly fell off a running train on October 14 near Belpahar railway station in Jharsuguda district and found dead the next morning.
“The CBI officers asked us when the train passed Belpahar, whether it stopped or slowed down and how Bahadur’s body was found,” a railway official said.
Bahadur was returning to Bhopal from Puri aboard Puri-Jodhpur Express with his wife Nita Singh after attending a reunion of 1978 batch IFS officers when the accident occurred. His wife had reported about his disappearance to the TTE in the running train after he went to close the open door of the train and did not return.
Later she lodged a formal complaint after the train arrived at Bilaspur railway station in Chhatisgarh, about 140 km from Belpahar and a search party found his body few hours later.
Bahadur was the central observer for two major Vyapam recruitment tests – the contract teachers’ grade 3 test-2011 and the civil supplies and food inspector test-2012. Both the tests were found majorly compromised and many prominent names including that of former minister Laxmikant Sharma came up as accused. Both cases are now being investigated by CBI.
Central observers had been appointed by the MP Professional Examination Board (known by Hindi acronym Vyapam) to ensure transparency and fairness of the entrance and recruitment.