CBI to probe Vyapam observer’s death

Bhubaneswar: A team of CBI officials on Tuesday reached Jharsuguda in Odisha to probe into the mysterious death of Vijay Bahadur Singh, a retired Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer and an observer in two Vyapam recruitment tests of Madhya Pradesh, who was found dead on a railway track in Jharsuguda district six days ago.

Singh’s body was found on a railway track near Belpahar station under South-Eastern Railways’ Jharsuguda junction on October 15, police said.

He was on the way to Bhopal from Puri with his wife Nita Singh by the Puri-Jodhpur Express.

According to police, Singh’s wife Nita reported to the travelling ticket examiner (TTE) about her missing husband going missing to the ticket checker (TTE) of the train after reaching Raigarh station, about 70 km from Jharsuguda.
Bahadur’s death is the first incident after the Supreme Court in July this year had handed over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is inquiring into the Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal (Vyapam), or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam and cases related to the mysterious deaths of over 40 accused or witnesses.

The CBI has so far registered over 80 first information reports and launched over 10 preliminary investigations into the Vyapam scam.