Journalist covering Vyapam scam cremated

New Delhi: Journalist Akshay Singh, who died dramatically in Madhya Pradesh while covering the Vyapam scam, was cremated here on Sunday, with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attending it.

His body was brought from Jhabua on Sunday morning. He was in Madhya Pradesh to do a story on the recent deaths related to the Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) scandal.

The journalist’s family and friends attended the cremation at the Nigambodh ghat.

Other political leaders who attended the cremation included Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Congress leader Ajay Maken and Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay.

Kejriwal and Gandhi also spoke with the journalist’s family.

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

Jhabua Superintendent of Police Abid Khan told IANS that Akshay Singh and his two colleagues interviewed the family for around an hour, after which the journalist suddenly fell ill.

He was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him dead.