Monday, June 27, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Why this man's death is a crisis for Mayawati

Why this man's death is a crisis for Mayawati

NDTV Correspondent, Updated: June 24, 2011 16:43 IST

Lucknow: When Dr Y S Sachan was found dead in a Lucknow jail,
officials declared it was a suicide. They said he had hung himself in
a bathroom at the jail.

Today, the government revealed that his body was marked with nine
injures - eight of them caused by a weapon. A blade was found near his

This will bolster Opposition parties who have been insisting that Dr
Sachan - the Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Family
Welfare - was killed to prevent him from embarrassing the government.

Dr Sachan was arrested in mid-April. He was accused by the UP
government of commissioning the murder of his boss, Dr BP Singh, on
April 2. He was also alleged to have played a role in the death of Dr
Vinod Arya, who was Chief Medical Officer before Dr Singh. Dr Arya was
killed in October. Dr Sachan officiated as Chief Medical Officer till
Dr Singh took over. The department handled by these doctors had a
budget of Rs. 3000 crore according to some estimates.

The government had suggested that Dr Sachan was involved in scams that
involved buying medicines and other supplies at inflated prices. His
greed allegedly motivated him to hire shooters to kill Dr Singh. After
Mr Singh's murder, two ministers resigned, claiming moral
responsibility and accepting that he had been killed for his attempts
to check corruption in his department.

Dr Sachan's wife wants a CBI inquiry to determine how he died.
Opposition parties like the BJP and the Samajwadi Party believe he was
being made a scapegoat for the murders of two Chief Medical Officers,
and was killed to protect government officials who had been colluding
with contractors to loot the state. (Read: Sachan's family agrees to

In Lucknow, as Samajawadi Party workers protested against Dr Sachan's
death, the police retaliated with water cannons and a lathi-charge.
Senior leader Akhilesh Yadav said, "The government can say that it was
a case of suicide but the Samajwadi Party and I believe that he has
been killed. Our party is demanding a CBI probe."

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