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Vyapam scam: RTI activist self-immolates seeking MP Guv Ram Naresh Yadav’s arrest

A few policemen caught hold of the man identified as Manoj Tripathi and managed to put out the fire by tearing off his clothes, even as he shouted accusations blaming Yadav for his alleged role in the scam

An RTI activist set himself on fire in front of the convoy of outgoing Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav on Wednesday afternoon demanding the Governor’s arrest for his alleged involvement in Vyapam scam, ‘Indian Express’ has reported.

A few policemen caught hold of the man identified as Manoj Tripathi and managed to put out the fire by tearing off his clothes, even as he shouted accusations blaming Yadav for his alleged role in the scam. The activist has not suffered major burn injuries, but he has been taken for medical examination.

“Manoj, an RTI activist, poured kerosene and set himself on fire. Policemen deputed in and around Raj Bhawan immediately rushed and doused the flames in a few seconds. He might have sustained minor burns,” Bhopal Inspector General of Police Yogesh Choudhary said.

The Vyapam case is related to alleged irregularities in various entrance and recruitment examinations conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, also known as Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal. The scam came to light in July 2013, and was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation for investigation in 2015.

The CBI had registered an FIR against Yadav in February 2015 in the case, but three months later the Madhya Pradesh High Court had directed the state agency to remove his name from the FIR arguing that he enjoyed constitutional immunity from criminal proceedings till he was in office.

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