Less than 24 hours after the mysterious death of a journalist covering the Vyapam scam, the dean of a medical college in Madhya Pradesh who was assisting the probe, was found dead in a Delhi hotel on Sunday

    The two back-to-back deaths deepened suspicions about a systematic elimination of people linked to the racket and sparked further demands by Opposition parties for an independent probe.

    Delhi Police said no prima facie evidence suggested foul play in the death of 64-year-old Arun Sharma but didn’t rule out suicide as Opposition parties mounted pressure on the BJP for a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe.

    Sharma, the dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital in Jabalpur, died a day after a television journalist Akshay Singh passed away while interviewing family members of a student whose mutilated body was found on a railway track in 2012.

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    The death also comes exactly a year after the charred body of his predecessor DK Sakalle,60, was found at his house in Jabalpur. Dr Sharma was reportedly close to Dr Sakalle.

    Police said Sharma was found dead at a hotel in southwest Delhi’s Kapashera and an almost empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room that was locked from the inside.

    Sharma had checked into the hotel in Dwarka Saturday evening and was scheduled to fly to Agartala this morning for an official inspection of a medical college there, police said.

    His son told the police that he had been suffering from some heart ailments. Some medicines were also found in the room, police said.

    The Indian Medical Association’s Jabalpur unit president Sudhir Tiwari said Sharma handed over about 200 documents to a special task force regarding admissions to the medical college.

    Whistleblowers said Sharma’s death was important because hundreds of students from his institution were involved in rigging professional tests conducted by the MP Professional Examination Board (PEB) that has seen over 2,000 arrests.

    Organised rackets employed imposters, manipulated seating arrangements and forged answer sheets as part of the Vyapam scam, called so from PEB’s Hindi acronym.

    With the mysterious death of two persons in two days in connection with the scam, Congress and AAP demanded an independent probe into the scam.

    “Vyapam scam n all deaths so far ought to be thoroughly investigated. Guilty must be punished,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted as the AAP announced a nationwide protest on July 11.

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was among the prominent leaders who attended Singh’s funeral in the evening as the party demanded an independent probe.

    The Centre also stepped in, with home minister Rajnath Singh calling up Chouhan and reportedly asking him to conduct a probe into the journalist’s death.

    CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has so far ruled out a CBI probe into the deaths.

    Nearly 40 people linked to the scandal have died over the past few years, triggering allegations that witnesses, whistleblowers and accused were being silenced.


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Slain UP cop's wife wants govt jobs for 8 relatives

  • Manish Chandra Pandey, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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  • Updated: Mar 08, 2013 11:45 IST

The number of relatives for whom Parveen Azad, 24, the widow of deputy superintendent of police Zia-ul-Haq, wants government jobs has now risen to eight.

Most of them are from her maternal home. The move has led to bickering in the family that is supposed to be in mourning.

Azad had earlier got chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to visit her husband’s ancestral village in Deoria on Monday and agree to meet her demands for compensation, security, her husband’s postmortem report, a CBI inquiry and jobs for herself and two relatives.

“I think after marriage, a husband’s family becomes the wife’s family. Naturally, names from the husband’s side should have gone, but names from the other family too are on the list. This has been most embarrassing,” a family member confided.

On his part, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav understandably remained noncommittal on whether his government would provide jobs to all eight relatives. Azad’s own family appears to be against the manner in which ‘some people’ have been ‘bargaining’ with the government.

“We want justice,” Haq’s younger brother Sohrab, told HT. Sohrab, Rustam (a commerce graduate) and Azad were part of the original list of job claimants okayed by the CM.

In fact, on Wednesday, government officials visited Azad to collect their bio data. But even they admit that they are ‘shocked’ at the manner in which attempts are being made to ‘bargain’ over the murder of a conscientious police officer. The officers feel this would set a bad precedent.

Azad has also got an offer to contest Lok Sabha elections from Mohammad Ayub, the Peace Party chief. BSP chief Mayawati too plans to visit Deoria.


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