Two More Vyapam Scam Accused Dead, Taking Total Deaths to 25

Two more people involved in the Vyapam scam have died. One due to a disease and another under mysterious conditions. 

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File photo of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. (Photo: Reuters)

Two more accused in the high-profile Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam died in the past 24 hours at Gwalior and Indore, adding another murky dimension to the massive scandal in which several politicians and bureaucrats are allegedly involved.

While the death of 40-year-old Dr Rajendra Arya at Birla Hospital in Gwalior this morning was reported to be due to some disease, that of Narendra Singh Tomar (29) in Indore jail was under mysterious circumstances.

As many as 24 accused, including Tomar, and witnesses have died so far under mysterious conditions in the scandal.

Arya died at Birla Hospital in Gwalior this morning. Arya, who had been on bail for one year, had gone to Kota and was returning when his condition turned critical.
- ASP Virendra Jain.

Jain quoted Arya’s family members who said he was suffering from some disease.

Arya, who reportedly holds an MBBS degree, had allegedly helped two students clear Pre-Medical Tests (PMTs) conducted by MPPEB in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

In the second incident, Tomar, a veterinarian, complained of chest pain last night and was rushed to Maharaja Yashwant Rao Hospital where he was declared brought dead, official sources said today.

File photo of Narendra Singh Tomar. (Photo: PTI)
File photo of Narendra Singh Tomar. (Photo: PTI)

City Superintendent of Police Ajay Jain said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the death of Tomar, who was posted as Assistant Veterinary Officer at Raisen before being embroiled in the MPPEB scam, also known as Vyapam scam.

Tomar was said to have arranged for impostors who had written the papers in place of genuine aspirants.

Two days ago, the Special Investigating Team (SIT) probing the scandal had submitted to the Madhya Pradesh High Court that 23 deceased in the MPPEB scam had died unnatural deaths so far. Some reports have claimed 40 such deaths.

MP Home Minister Babulal Gaur says ‘the deaths are natural and people die daily. Either they die inside jail or outside,’ while rejecting the demand for a CBI probe.

The most high-profile death was that of Shailesh Yadav, son of Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav.

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