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24th Vyapam death: 29-yr-old Narendra Singh Tomar has ‘heart attack’, kin protest

Narendra Singh Tomar, an accused in the high-profile MPPEB scam, has died under mysterious circumstances in an Indore jail, adding another murky chapter to the scandal in which 24 accused and witnesses have died so far.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: June 29, 2015 9:25 am
Vyapam scam, vyapam scam death, vyapam scam accused death, mppeb scam, Vyapam, madhya pradesh, Narendra Singh Tomar, latest news Tomar’s is the 24 death of those named as accused or witnesses in connection with a plethora of criminal cases registered in connection with the scam.

An accused in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, also known as the Vyapam scam, died on Saturday. This takes to 24 the number of people named in the scam who have died so far.

Narendra Singh Tomar, 29, who had been in jail since February 24, died of a “heart attack” during treatment at Indore’s M Y Hospital Saturday. Family members alleged foul play behind the sudden death of the veterinarian, who reportedly spoke to his sister over phone around 4 pm the same day.

“He was normal and did not complain of any discomfort,” his younger brother Vikram Singh told The Indian Express. He also demanded a CBI probe into the death.

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Tomar, who hailed from Porsa in Morena district, was accused of arranging a “solver” for a candidate in an examination conducted by the MPPEB in Indore four years ago.

Vyapam, or MPPEB, is an autonomous body that conducts recruitment tests for various posts as well as admission to professional courses. Investigators have established that proxies appeared in the examinations with the connivance of officials and middlemen.

Posted in Raisen, Tomar was arrested by the Indore Police and lodged in Indore district jail.

District jail superintendent R C Bhati said Tomar complained of chest pain around 11.15 pm. Medical staff in the jail attended to him and referred him to M Y Hospital.

“We have video footage that shows he was normal when he walked out of jail,” Bhati said. “He had two heart attacks in the hospital.” Bhati also claimed there were no injury marks on his body.

Jail authorities suggested that an ongoing strike by junior doctors in Indore could have contributed to a delay in treating Tomar.

Vikram, posted in Ujjain as teacher, said his sister had spoken to Narendra earlier in the day and he sounded normal.

The Special Task Force (STF), which took over the investigation a few months after the scam came to light in July 2013, recently told the high court that 23 persons named in various cases had died “unnatural deaths”. Seven deaths took place outside Madhya Pradesh.

The probe agency said most of these deaths took place before it took over the investigation.

The STF is yet to take over the investigation in the 23 cases. The high court said the decision will be taken in consultation with a Special Investigation Team, headed by a former high court judge and formed by the HC to monitor the probe.

Indore-based whistleblower Anand Rai, who played a key role in exposing the scam, has alleged the number of suspicious deaths could be more. He also claimed the deaths were intended to ensure that investigators don’t reach the real culprits.

The most high profile person to die was Governor Ram Naresh Yadav’s son Shailesh Yadav. Shailesh, who was found dead at his home in Lucknow in March, was accused of taking money to help 10 candidates from Bhind clear the examination for contractual teachers.

The exchange of money allegedly took place in Raj Bhavan, Bhopal. The Governor was also named as an accused in another case but the court gave him relief saying he enjoys constitutional immunity as long as he is in office.

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  1. S
    Jun 28, 2015 at 7:22 pm
    Why Not CBI enquiry?
    1. Abhijit Bhattacharya
      Jun 28, 2015 at 7:41 pm
      Accept the chief minister soon everyone else accused in the scam will be dead.
      1. Abhijit Bhattacharya
        Jun 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm
        Except the chief minister soon everyone else accused in the scam will be dead
        1. Aman Ahluwalia
          Jun 29, 2015 at 5:15 pm
          Government Scam in Indian state 35-40 ppl connected to scam are killed in silent natural deaths as certificates given by state doctors, Chief minister is prompt and very good , over 2000 ppl are arrested in this scam and I am sure none of us know about it. All kind of court , police , inquiries are initiated not a single jailed. anyone who goes public with truth are dead. This happened in UPA-2 term , expected many bjp supporter will say congress is like this but this is not the way congress works , they make money but don't kill anyone , so how come so many got killed , some other political party ? but in that state there are only two parties bjp and congress. BJP is in power and its a bjp chief minister so has to be good so which congress man did this scam and why bjp didn't raise this issue in parliament on top why we are not aware about this ? This involves planning to the core pl. read about it. Scam
          1. B
            Jun 28, 2015 at 6:32 pm
            Needs thorough investigation.
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