Courtesy: This article appeared in the Whiplash column of Mail Today
As most scams go this one too had money meant for the poor plundered by politicians, bureaucrats and middleman.
It goes by the name of National Rural Health Mission Scam or the NRHM scam as it is lovingly called by the media and other stakeholders – the accused, the suspects, the investigators and those politicians who couldn’t be a part of it.
The scam took place in Mayawati’s Uttar Pradesh where a huge chunk of central funds meant for the healthcare needs of the people of the state disappeared, as always, without a trace.
And then like in all scams the CBI was called in to investigate.
If you have read this far you must be yawning and telling yourself “yes I know” that’s pretty much how most scams appear then disappear from public memory till a new one catches attention.
One would have moved on too had it not been for an event at a place called Lakhimpur Kheri that suddenly grabbed attention.
A state health department clerk, an accountant to be precise, was found dead on Wednesday – officials refused to call it a murder till the autopsy report says so.
A minor event till you realize that this is the sixth “unnatural death” reported one after the other in the past one year of those being investigated in the NRHM scam.
Four of them were doctors, one engineer and the latest victim is a lowly clerk whose wife alleges that a CBI team had come to meet him before he disappeared a week ago.
The wife also alleges that his superior was pressuring him to sign certain files related to the NRHM scam and that he felt his life was in danger.
Six deaths – two murdered, one found dead in his prison cell, one kills himself, another dies in an accident and the latest one has murder written all over him.
Sounds like a Bollywood potboiler or a Mario Puzo mafia novel in which the don eliminates at will all those who could spill the beans against him.
Could this really be the case?
PS: In the absence of an original post taking the easy way out!