The body of Dr Arun Sharma, Dean of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Medical College in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, was found in his room at the hotel, police said.

Police said when the door was not opened after repeated knocks, the staff entered the room using a duplicate key and found his body.

A bottle of alcohol almost empty was found in the room. Sharma had also vomited and there were signs of heavy drinking, said a senior police officer, adding forensic evidences were collected and the body sent for post mortem.

Asked about reported links of Sharma with Vyapam scam, Joint Commissioner of Police (South West) Dipender Pathak said police is "covering all the angles" in its investigation.

Incidentally, Sharma was the second Dean of the medical college to die under mysterious circumstances in the last one year.

The burnt down body of another Dean of the same medical college Dr DK Sakalle, who was reportedly looking into fake admissions in the medical college in the wake of MPPEB (Vyapam) scam, was found in his home on July 4 last year.

A journalist working for a news channel had mysteriously died yesterday after having interviewed the parents of a girl who had been found dead near railway tracks after her name figured in the Vyapam scam.

At least 25 accused and witnesses have died so far in the Vyapam scam, a massive admission and recruitment racket involving several bureaucrats and politicians, and the opposition Congress has been demanding a CBI probe into the matter.

Sharma, who had checked into the hotel in Dwarka yesterday, was scheduled to fly to Agartala this morning for an official inspection of a medical college there, police said.

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