Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, under pressure over two more deaths in connection with the Vyapam scam, has now agreed to send the viscera samples of journalist Akshay Singh to Delhi’s AIIMS, reported news channels.

This came after Pakshi Singh, the sister of television reporter Akshay who died in Madhya Pradesh under mysterious circumstances while covering the Vyapam scam, had requested that the viscera samples of her brother should be sent to Delhi for test.

Shivraj Chouhan. AFPShivraj Chouhan. AFP

Shivraj Chouhan. AFP

In a letter addressed to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Pakshi said: “As you know, he died in mysterious circumstances.”

“I request you to get examined his viscera outside Madhya Pradesh, preferably at AIIMS Delhi for free and fair investigation,” the letter said.

India Today Group also made the demand that the viscera samples be sent outside Madhya Pradesh for test.

In a statement shared on Facebook page, India Today Group demanded a “fair and independent inquiry”.

“The circumstances of the untimely death of TV Today journalist Akshay Singh merits a full, fair and independent inquiry. We urge the Madhya Pradesh government to immediately have the viscera sample sent to a recognised forensic laboratory outside the state, preferably Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences, for a thorough and transparent examination,” the statement said.

“This would assuage the family, friends and well wishers of Akshay who seek some closure,” the statement added.

“Nothing we do will ever bring back Akshay, a brave and fearless journalist. The India Today group stands by the family in their hour of crisis,” the statement said.

On Saturday, Akshay Singh was in Meghnagar in Jhabua district to talk to the family members of scam-accused Namrata Damor who too 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.

With IANS inputs

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Vyapam Scam: CM Shivraj Chouhan agrees to send journalist Akshay Singh’s viscera samples to AIIMS