Journalist covering Vyapam scam dead

Bhopal, July 4 (IANS) A journalist from a Delhi-based TV channel who was covering the recruitment scam in the Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) fell ill and died in a hospital on Saturday, officials said.

Akshay Singh of TV channel Aaj Tak died in Jhabua on Saturday afternoon.

He was in Madhya Pradesh for coverage of the recent deaths due to the scam in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) or Vyapam.

On Saturday, he was in Meghnagar in Jhabua to talk to the family members of scam-accused Namrata Damor, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances.

Jhabua Superintendent of Police Abid Khan told IANS that Akshay Singh and his two colleagues interviewed the family members for around an hour, after which the journalist suddenly fell ill. He was taken to a hospital, where doctors declared him dead.

Sources said that after the interview was over, Akshay Singh and his colleagues went to get some documents photocopied, when he fell ill and began foaming at the mouth.

The alleged manipulation in the selection process for government jobs in Madhya Pradesh, conducted by Vyapam, is being probed by a Special Investigation Team.

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