Maya govt recommends CBI probe into NRHM death

Health Department accountant Mahendra Kumar Sharma was stated to be fifth victim in the alleged NRHM scam.

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Government on Sunday
recommended a CBI probe into the death of Health Department
accountant Mahendra Kumar Sharma in Lakhimpur Kheri district.

"The state government has recommended the probe and a
letter in this regard has been sent by the state", a senior
Home Department official said.

The NRHM scam in the state had turned murkier with
Sharma`s death, the fifth victim in the last one year after
the alleged bungling of over Rs 10,000 crore of central funds

Sharma, 52, who was reported missing since February 7 was
found lying in a pool of blood with severe injuries on his
head and face, from the Pasgawan health centre of Lakhimpur on
February 15.

Two days later on February 17, an FIR was registered
against six health officials, including the chief medical
officer and his deputy under sections 302 (murder) and 120 b
(criminal conspiracy).

Those against whom FIR was lodged included Chief Medical
Officer (CMO) Dr J P Bhargava, Deputy CMO Balbir Singh,
Pasgawan Community Health Centre (CHC) incharge Dr S C Gupta
and Pasgwan CHC clerks Rajesh Hans, Kuldeep and Munna Lal.

Ante-mortem smothering was stated to be the cause of the
death in the autopsy report. Six injury marks were also found
on his body.

Victim`s wife Mithilesh had demanded CBI probe into the
matter while alleging that her husband was murdered and
suspected five health department officials, including Pasgawan
community health centre incharge.

Sharma was stated to be fifth victim in the alleged NRHM

In 2010-11, two senior doctors Vinod Kumar Arya and B P
Singh associated with the health department were murdered
within months of each other.

Another doctor Y S Sachan, one of the accused in NRHM
scam was found dead in a Lucknow jail.

In January, a UP Jal Nigam engineer Sunil Verma allegedly
committed suicide becase he was being investigated in
connection with the scam.

The news of Sharma`s death had generated a lot of hue
and cry in the poll season, with opposition parties targeting
BSP over the matter.


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