news Saturday, July 04, 2015 - 05:30
Image source: India Today A television news reporter covering the multi-crore Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh suddenly took ill and died on Friday. Akshay Singh, a reporter with Aaj Tak, fell ill after having interviewed the parents of a girl whose name had surfaced in the scam and who was found dead near the railway tracks, states a PTI report. The girl's father said that Singh and two others had visited their house in the afternoon to interview them. After the interview, Singh was waiting for some papers to get photocopied when he started frothing at the mouth. He was taken to three hospitals but doctors reportedly couldn't save him. The India Today Group in a statement said, "The India Today Group is deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Akshay Singh. Akshay had been working with Aaj Tak as a Special Correspondent since December 2013. Akshay died in the Jhabua District of Madhya Pradesh this afternoon." "Akshay worked with the Special Investigation Team of Aaj Tak. He was an enterprising journalist who had many hard hitting investigations to his credit. He had been on an assignment in Madhya Pradesh investigating the Vyapam scam for the past four days. The cause of his sudden demise is not yet clear. We mourn the death of our valued colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Akshay's family. We hope that doctors and law enforcement agencies are able to establish the cause of Akshay's death," the statement further said. Singh's death comes after just a week after Narendra Singh Tomar, an accused in the Vyapam scam, died in the Indore jail after complaining of chest pain. At least 25 accused and witnessed linked to the case have died under mysterious circumstances so far. Activist Anand Rai, the principal whistleblower in the scam, told The News Minute that the number of deaths of people linked to the scam under suspicious circumstances is 45. Read: Is Vyapam scam turning to be one of India’s biggest cover-ups?  
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