Aaj Tak journalist Akshay Singh, who was a part of the Special Investigative Team of the channel, has died in Madhya Pradesh under mysterious circumstances.
Akshay had gone to MP to investigate the Vyapam scam.
Aaj Tak is reported to have sent a senior editor to Akshay’s house here in Delhi and the chief of bureaus of MP and Gujarat have been asked to travel to MP while the post-mortem of the body is being done.
This is the 46th instance of death in MP of someone trying to investigate this scam.
The Vyapam scam is a huge admission and recruitment scandal involving politicians, bureaucrats and middlemen. Several politicians, including former state Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma, a host of officials and aspirants have been arrested in the case.
According to reports, he suddenly took ill and died after having interviewed parents of a girl who had been found dead near railway tracks after her name figured in the infamous Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh. The incident took place in Meghnagar near Jhabua town.
Akshay on Friday had called on the parents of Namrata Damor, whose body had been found under mysterious circumstances near railway tracks in Ujjain district.
Namrata’s father Mehtab Singh Damor said Akshay and two others visited their house this afternoon. After the interview was over, someone was sent to get some papers photocopied.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while expressing grief over Akshay Singh’s death assured TV Today Group of a fair and strict probe into the incident.
He said, “I am saddened by the untimely death of Aaj Tak journalist. We are with the family in this hour of grief. I aasure a strict probe into the incident. It is unfortunate that such an incident has happened in Madhya Pradesh. “I also request the Madhya Pradesh High Court to provide ample security cover to all those accused of the scam who are in jail.”
Surprisingly, the doctor has denied any possible foul play.
Dr Ashok Bachani, medical officer, Dahod Civil Hospital said that the post mortem did not show any foul play. He said no external wounds were found on the body and they had now sent viscera for histopathology and forensic analysis.