Srijan Scam: 2 deaths in one week raises suspicion further

New Delhi: One more death has been reported on Thursday of an accused related to Bihar's Srijan Scam. Naveen, a close relative  of the main accused Manorama Devi also did in mysterious circumstances. Allegedly, Naveen was very close to Manorama Devi and was hands in glove in the crime. His laptop had all the vital information.

During the investigations conducted by SIT it was discovered that Naven had succumbed to a heart-attack 20 days back. Two more boys, Deepak and Prashant also lived with Naveen. There is no whereabouts about these two boys. Till now eight people, all related to the Srijan scam, have died in mysterious condition.

Mahesh Mandal, one of the key accused arrested in the Rs 1,000-crore Srijan scam in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district, has died in a hospital, police said on Monday. His sudden death has triggered a controversy, with opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) terming it a “murder” and his family alleging that he was denied dialysis deliberately by government officials which caused his death.

Raising questions over Mahesh Mandal’s sudden demise, RJD leader and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Tejashwhi Yadav said it was a murder to eliminate him since he could have revealed many things related to the scam.

Mandal’s family members have blamed the local administration’s “neglect” for his death. He was deliberately denied timely dialysis, alleged one of the family members Sonu Mandal.

Bihar Police chief P.K. Thakur told the media that accused Mahesh Mandal died due to sugar and kidney problems.

“It is a mysterious death. Is it going the Vyapam scam way in Madhya Pradesh, where one after the other accused and witnesses died,” RJD Vice President Shivanand Tiwari said.

The Srijan scam involves a Bhagalpur-based NGO, Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Ltd, which used to provide vocational training to women.

The NGO allegedly pilfered funds meant for government welfare schemes from the bank accounts of the Bhagalpur district administration.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on August 17 recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the scam, in line with the RJD’s demand.

News24Bureau with Agencies