Vyapam: Journalist’s family refuses CM Chouhan’s help

RSTV Bureau

Shivraj-newJournalist Akshay Singh’s family refused any additional help from Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, when he met them at their residence in Delhi.

Akshay Singh died under mysterious circumstances last week while covering the Vyapam scam.

“The Chief Minister assured all possible help from the MP government. He even offered me a job at the Madhya Pradesh Bhawan in Delhi, besides monetary help,” said Akshay’s sister after meeting Chouhan on Thursday morning.

Akshay’s mother only wants a fair probe and nothing more.

“When he left home, he was healthy, fit and fine. What happened all of a sudden that he died a mysterious death. We don’t need any help but just a fair probe which can ascertain the cause of the death of my son,” said Akshay’s mother.

“The Chief Minister reached our residence at 8.50 in the morning and left by around 9.05 AM. He expressed his concern and sensitivity. But after all, he is a politician and we need to judge him by his act,” Akshay’s sister added.

Chouhan in his 15-minute meeting with the family, assured them of an unbiased probe and some help in providing a government job to his kin.

“I am here to meet the family who has undergone a big loss. I have assured the family of all help and an unbiased probe into the cause of death (of Singh). I want that the truth should come out and we have sent the viscera samples to AIIIMS in Delhi. The mission of my life is that the entire truth in this case (Singh’s death and Vyapam case) should come out,” Chouhan said after meeting the family.

Chouhan who claimed to be in Delhi for some official work said that he “stands” with the family at all times and he was like a “son and brother” to Singh’s mother and sister.

Singh died under mysterious circumstances last week when he was covering the case of Jhabua-based MBBS student Namrata Damor, who was found dead after her name had figured in connection with the Vyapam scam case.

After meeting the journalist’s family Chouhan left for Bhopal.

More than 40 cases of mysterious deaths have been linked to the this admission and recruitment scam. Several politicians from the ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh, senior officials and businessmen have been accused of being hand in glove.


(With inputs from PTI)