On Sunday morning, the 46th person associated with Vyapam Scam lost his life under suspicious circumstances. The deceased, Arun Sharma, was the current dean of the Netaji Subhash Bose medical college in Jabalpur. His death comes a day after a 38 year old journalist working for Aaj Tak, Akshay Singh, lost his life. The reason behind his death has been unclear, too. Akshay Singh was probing over the Vyapam spam case and had already interviewed the parents of a girl who was accused in the Vyapam scam, one who was found dead on the Ujjain railway tracks back in 2012.
The story started back in 2007, although if some sources are to be believed, the fraud in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) recruitment and admission began in the year 2004. Allegedly, it is a multi crore rupees scam, which has MP’s, prominent leaders, bureaucrats and many high profile professionals in the list of foul players. The constant attacks to diminish the voices are an example of how political power rules the lives of common people in India. In this case someone loses one’s life near the railway tracks; someone meets a road accident, whereas a person in the best of health all of a sudden meets a heart attack or succumbs to some other disease. Such tragic concidences appear to be a part of a big conspiracy that has been spinning around for many years now. People are fearful to be associated in this scam and the whistleblowers are in a state of trauma, in the wake of massive bloodsheds that are continuing since the time the probe had begun.
Former Supreme Court judge, Markandey Katju said, “Journalist covering #VyapamScam dies mysteriously. Moral of the story for journalists: Don’t cover scams, or at least not seriously”. Many people who have made advancements in the case are also asking the court for police security as they feel their life is in danger. On Sunday, Ashish Chaturvedi demanded more security after his personal security officer alleged to have heard a group of people threatening to kill Chaturvedi if he continued his activities with the case. To bring to the notice of the readers, he has already survived through three attacks up till now.
Allegations have been leveled at the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and his wife for their connection with the scam. The opposition parties are targeting the BJP for malice whereas the BJP answers back asking the public to have faith in monitoring of the case in the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Is there any value for the lives of the commoners in India? This question hurts because the answer is an obvious, “no”- at least according to the ideals of the corrupt politicians.
The reality of the case makes me question whether we are living in a democracy or is it an autocracy rule in India? Is it really democracy when we don’t have the power to question, and seek the truth? The masks of goodness worn by some political leaders need to be exposed in front of the public, but who would do that, if the lives of journalists are kept at risk at all times? Does India need another movement like the freedom movement to get freedom in the real terms? As they say,, “India is still oppressed by few people who exercise power over others. There is no freedom even today for us. Earlier it was the British force ruling us now it is the political leaders. The coin of oppression is the same just that the sides have shifted.”
To bring things in order the journalists and people like Arun Sharma who lost their lives, should be given police security. The struggles and sacrifice of the people who have lost their lives because of this scam should get justice. The concerned authorities shouldn’t take this case lightly, as it has become one of the most mysterious cases to happen in the history of India. Justice should prevail and the law should be the same for everyone.
Gagandeep Singh Vaid
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