Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Jun 15, 2011, 02:41 PM IST
New Delhi: After four months of fasting for saving river Ganga, Swami Nigamananda Saraswati died at around 2 pm on June 13, 2011 at Jolly Grant Himalayan Institute Hospital in Dehradun. Swami Nigamanand, 34, had been fasting for 115 days in Haridwar.
The 34-year-old Swami, a member of Matri Sadan, was protesting against the illegal mining that is polluting the river Ganges. He had started his fasting on February 19 this year. On April 27, his health started deteriorating and forced the authorities to admit him at the district hospital.
The Swami went into coma and had to be admitted in a very critical condition to the Jolly Grant Hospital in Dehradun on April 27, 2011.
Matri Sadan's battle against illegal Mining
Swami Nigamanand Saraswati was a member of Matri Sadan.
It is known that Matri Sadan has been struggling to save Ganga from illegal mining for the past 12 years. Swami Nigmanand Saraswati had earlier done fast from Jan 20, 2008 till April 1, 2008 which resulted in success and Stone mining was banned, but after some months it again started and then another activist Dayanand did 30 days fast in March 2009 to shun the illegal mining.
It was closed for sometime and again restarted from Oct 2009.
Matri Sadan never gave up its struggle and this was shown when Dayanand started his Satyagrah from 15th October 2009 which lasted for 163 days.
According to Matri Sadan blog, the Himalaya Stone Crusher is destroying the bed of Holy Ganga and Kumbh area of Haridwar continuously for the last 10 years by extensive rampant mining of stone and sand. The Blog claims that the illegal mining is running in complete co-operation with the Government of Uttarakhand and its bureaucrats.
(With inputs from Web)
(Image source: PTI, Matri Sadan blog)