The CBI on Friday registered a murder case on Friday in connection with the death of Namrata Damor, a student of Indore government medical college who was found dead near the railway track in Ujjain in January 2012 after her name figured in the Vyapam scam.
The CBI also registered two other cases on Friday in connection with alleged illegalities in entrance examinations conducted by Vyapam. This raises the number of cases registered by the CBI in its Vyapam probe to eight, with an initial set of five FIRs registered by the agency on Wednesday.
According to a CBI spokesperson, “A case has been registered under section 302 of the IPC (murder) against unknown persons. Allegations pertain to the death of Namrata Damor under mysterious circumstances in January 2012 and allegations of it being linked to the Vyapam scam cases.”
The report of a post-mortem conducted on Damor at Ujjain district, dated January 9, 2012, states that she died a “homicidal” death caused by “violent asphyxia as a result of smothering”. Nail injuries were also found at three places on her face. The report was signed by a panel of three doctors – Dr B B Purohit, Dr O P Gupta and Dr Anita Joshi. However, another report from a state forensic expert a few weeks later opined that the death could have been from injuries sustained during a fall from a moving train.
The police had initially registered a murder case, but later called the death an “accident” and closed the case. The CBI had on Wednesday called for records from the Superintendents of Police of Ujjain, Kanker, Gwalior, Jhabua and from the Deputy Inspector General Indore on the deaths of Damor, Vijay Patel, Rajendra Arya, Deepak Verma and Aaj Tak reporter Akshay Singh.
Singh had suddenly collapsed while talking to Damor’s father at the latter’s residence in Meghnagar on July 4. Following the uproar after his death, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government sought a CBI probe. Among the three cases registered Friday, one is cheating case pertaining to alleged illegalities in the Pre Medical Test of Madhya Pradesh in 2010, and involves one named accused.
Another cheating case registered pertains to alleged illegalities in the Pre-Medical Test entrance examination conducted by Vyapam in 2010. There are four named accused in the FIR and seven other accused were added during investigation by the Special Task Force, Madhya Pradesh Police, CBI officers said.