Not fair to link every death with Vyapam scam: MP Chief Minister
Bhopal: Following the
death of a woman trainee police sub inspector, whose body was found in a lake
in Sagar district on Monday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chouhan said “It is not at all right to link every death with Vyapam scam.” Chouhan
said “every death is sad, but it is not fair to link every death with Vyapam.”
The Chief Minister
spoke after Anamika Kushwaha, the woman trainee sub inspector at the Jawaharlal
Nehru Training Centre in Sagar, allegedly jumped to her death in a nearby pond
early Monday morning. Chouhan said Anamika’s death was not linked to the raging
The admission and
recruitment racket in the Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) or
the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board apparently involves
politicians, officials and businessmen.
More than 40 people
associated with the scam have died since 2013 - either in mysterious
circumstances or have committed suicides.
Just a day before the
death of Anamika, Arun Sharma, the dean of a medical college in Jabalpur in
Madhya Pradesh who was connected with the scam probe, was found dead in a hotel
room near the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. It came after the
unexplained death of Aaj Tak journalist Akshay Singh who was covering Vyapam
scam in Jhabua.
Sharma, 64, was
assisting the team probing the recruitment scam by providing documents on fake
medical entrance examinees in the state-run college, police said.
Madhya Pradesh Health Minister
Narottam Mishra said that as far as Arun Sharma’s death is concerned, “It is
not linked to Vyapam.”
The most high-profile
death in the case has been of Shailesh Yadav, son of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav.
Shailesh, 50, was found dead at his father’s residence in Lucknow on March 25.
There was conflicting
number of deaths related to Vyapam scam. The Congress puts these deaths at 48,
while the Special Investigation Team’s figure is 33.