GN Staff | July 6, 2015
Trainee Sub Inspector Anamika Kushwaha, who was recruited through Vyapam, found dead near Madhya Pradesh police academy in Sagar. Her body was found in a lake. Anamika Kushwaha was recruited through Vyapam and was from 2014 batch. In the last 48 hours, a journalist and a doctor have died under mysterious circumstances. Nearly 50 persons connected to an ongoing probe into a mammoth scam have died, half of them under suspicious circumstances.
What Vyapam scam?
Till 2014, the MP government had a special body (Professional Examination Board or Vyapam) for conducting entrance examinations for professional colleges (medical, dental, engineering etc) and recruitments tests for government posts like teachers, sub-inspectors and transport officers. Most of these exams were rigged and the aspirants cheated. A network of middlemen, Vyapam staff and politicians manipulated the results to give admissions and jobs to those who either paid for them or came with recommendations from influential people.
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