Akshay Singh, a reporter of Aaj Tak channel, who was in Madhya Pradesh for the last few days to investigate the unnatural deaths in the Vyapam scam, died in Meghnagar near Jhabua on Saturday. He was a special correspondent and part of the channel’s special investigation team.
The 38-year-old complained of uneasiness when he was talking to the father of Namrata Damor, a student of the government medical college, Indore, whose body was found under mysterious circumstances near a railway track in Ujjain district in 2012.
Singh had come to Indore to talk to the families of some of the persons named in the professional examination scam. He had visited Gwalior to cover the scam before coming to Indore.
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Before recording the formal interview, Singh was talking to Namrata’s father when he collapsed between 2 pm and 2.30 pm. A cameraman and a stringer, who were with him, first took him to a government hospital and then to a private hospital before taking Singh to Dahod in Gujarat, about 40 km away.
The doctor declared him dead on arrival. Singh’s colleague told The Sunday Express that doctors were likely to perform a post-mortem and that Singh’s family had given consent.
Meanwhile, the India Today Group said that the reason behind the death of its reporter was “not clear” and hoped that doctors and law enforcement agencies would be able to establish the reason behind it.
“The cause of his sudden demise is not yet clear. We mourn the death of our valued colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Akshay’s family. We hope that doctors and law enforcement agencies are able to establish the cause of Akshay’s death,” the group said in a statement.
The post mortem was being conducted in camera late on Saturday night in Dahod.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan assured a probe in response to India Today group’s demand for the same.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said a day before Akshay left for MP, he had warned him to be careful. He said the post mortem should be done in camera under supervision of senior doctors, preferably in Delhi.
Namrata died before the scam came to light and her name does not figure in the list of 23 persons submitted to Madhya Pradesh High Court by the special investigation team detailing people who died unnatural deaths.
[with PTI inputs]