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Vyapam death toll rises: Trainee woman SI found dead in Sagar lake

Jhabua (MP): Troubles mounted for Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam scam, as a woman trainee sub-inspector recruited by the state Professional Examination Board was found dead in a lake.

Adding to the string of deaths since past two days, body of the trainee sub-inspector Anamika Sikarwar (25) was found in a lake adjacent to the Police Training Academy at Sagar district headquarters in Madhya Pradesh.

It came after the unexplained death of Aaj Tak journalist Akshay Singh who was covering Vyapam scam in Jhabua while Jabalpur Medical College Dean Arun Sharma, probing fake examinees was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a hotel in south-west Delhi.

This triggered demands from the Congress for Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s immediate sacking and an impartial probe.

Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said there was no need for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam as the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is investigating the scandal reported to the Madhya Pradesh High Court and not the state government.

"SIT is probing the case. They are not working under the government, but under the supervision of the High Court. I think the High Court will take cognizance of things which have influenced Vyapam,” Rajnath Singh said.

The Home Minister appealed to political parties not to influence the probe as it was under the High Court. “It is the High Court’s decision whether the CBI should probe or not. How can we influence the High Court and the Supreme Court?” he said. He added that there was an attempt to make an issue out of a non-issue.

"The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister has said he wanted the issue probed independently and the probe is on. When the High Court feels that the SIT is not able to probe properly, then the government is ready for a CBI probe. This will take place only if we are directed to do so,” he added.