Amid reports of deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, Union Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot has asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to ensure fair probe into the mysterious death of an MBBS student at a private college in Moradabad.

Seeking Mr. Yadav’s intervention on the girl’s death inside the university complex, Mr. Pilot said in view of the unrest among the victim’s family members, college students and locals, who have been alleging cover up in the incident, the Chief Minister should immediately order a high-level probe and ensure that guilty are punished.

“The college management (Tirthankar Mahavir University) termed it as an accidental death, but the post mortem report found that the girl was strangulated…The post-mortem report has noted that the girl died due to ‘asphyxia as a result of smothering’. A named FIR has been lodged into the case. It is necessary that a fair and transparent probe is carried out in this case,” Mr. Pilot said in a letter to Mr. Yadav.

Mr. Pilot further pointed out that media reports have also suggested a dubious role of college authorities in the girl’s death. “Following public outrage, I request you to intervene in this case and instruct the officials to arrest the accused,” he said in his letter after the girl’s father Ramkishore Bhadana approached him alleging the police apathy in the case.

Neeraj Bhadana, an MBBS student hailing from Faridabad in Haryana, was found dead in the college premises on July 6. The college management termed it as an accidental death, saying the girl died after an accidental fall from the fifth floor of a building. But the post-mortem examination report found that the girl was strangulated to death and there was no fracture on the body. There have been sporadic protests over the incident by the victim’s family and people outside the university complex and in Delhi also.