A journey to attend a marriage, a love affair gone bad — in one case, it took just seconds, the other may have stretched across a few hours of one night.
But what 26-year-old Kuldeep Maravi and 23-year-old Vikas Bharat Singh — two of the accused on the Madhya Pradesh government’s list of 25 deaths linked to the Vyapam scam — left behind were bitter families resigned to spend the rest of their lives trying hard not to look back.
No one in Kuldeep’s family wanted to talk about that accident that darkened a day of celebration but a close friend said they did not suspect any conspiracy behind the accident.
Members of Vikas’s family, too, have shut the door on all questions about his suspected suicide but even they have told police that they did not want any further investigation.
‘No doubt about his death’
Kuldeep Maravi, 26
Cause of death: Road accident
Kuldeep Maravi was on his way to join a group of friends to attend a marriage on May 10, 2013, when he died in a car crash near Bichhiya, where he was posted as a medical officer in a government hospital.
Hailing from Pindrai village, not far from the Mandla district HQ, Kuldeep completed his MBBS course from the Government Medical College in Gwalior and got posted to Bichhiya five years ago.
Despite repeated attempts, none of his family members agreed to talk about him or his death. Kuldeep’s brother Arvind, an engineer, did not return calls while the father, a school principal, declined to answer questions.”
“I have no reason to doubt that his death was not caused by a road accide’’,’’ said Dr Ashok Marskole, who described himself “s “a close fri”nd” of Kuldeep.
Dr Marskole added that he w”s “shoc”ed” when came to know after the accident that Jabalpur police had registered a case against Kuldeep for his alleged role as”a “middle”an” in facilitating medical admissions through Vyapam”
“I used to meet him regularly. He never told me about the ca’’,’’ said Dr Marskol”. “I regularly interact with his family members, too, and they have never raised any doubts about his dea”h,” he added.
Police records show that the accident that killed Kuldeep occurred at around 2.30 pm when the car in which he was travelling collided with another vehicle coming from the opposite side. The car driver suffered severe injuries but three others, who were accompanying Kuldeep, escaped unhurt.
‘No foul play involved’
Vikas Bharat Singh, 23
Cause of death: Suspected suicide
Vikas Singh died more than two and-a-half years before the Pre-Medical Test scam – the first brick in the larger Vyapam case – came to light in July 2013.
A student of the veterinary college in Mhow, near Indore, Vikas was found dead in his room in the b’ys’ hostel on November 21, 2009.
Citing medical records, local police said he died from a chemical reaction after consuming an unspecified number of aspirin tablets while getting heavily drunk. His body was found by other hostel residents who broke open his door the next day”
“There was no foul play involved. He probably committed suicide over a failed love affa’’,’’ says Rakesh Modi, in-charge, Kishanganj Police Station.
Police records show that Vikas was”a “middle”an” linked to the PMT with cases registered against him in three police stations in Gwalior, Sagar and Jabalpur.
Vikas’s father Bharat Singh, a teacher in a government school in Sendhva in Barwani district, refused to discuss his ‘on’s death.
But a friend, who did not wish to be named, said the family w”s “cert”in” that a failed love affair led to the death.
He added that a police officer had contacted the family over a week ago to ask if it had any doubts about the circumstances surrounding Vi’as’s death”
“The family replied that it had no complaints and did not want any further investigati’’,’’ he said.