Another journalist covering Vyapam scam dies

qb59evhiAkshay Singh, 35, from the India Today channel, died in the middle of an investigation into the Madhya Pradesh Vyapam scam.  He was interviewing the family of a woman whose

death in Jan 2012 is shrouded in mystery, when he was rushed to hospital after he complained of uneasiness in Jhabua.

Police said prima facie there was nothing suspicious about Singh’s death but the post mortem report is awaited.  State home minister Babulal Gaur also said a decision on whether the death needs investigation will be taken after the autopsy report is received.

At least 38 other people linked to the scam have died, many in different circumstances and Chief Minister Shivrag Singh Chouhan has come under increasing pressure over the scam with Congress launching a series of agitations against a ‘systematic elimination’ of people linked to the scam.

Around 2000 people have been arrested in connection with the scam that involves politicians, bureaucrats and middlemen.  The scam involves scamsters employing impostors to write the tests conducted by the board for admission to various courses and government jobs, and supplying forged answer sheets by bribing officials between 2012 and 2013.