New Delhi: The CBI on Wednesday took over the probe
into the mysterious death of Swami Nigamananda, who died in
Dehradun after fasting for nearly four months in protest
against illegal mining on the Ganga riverbed.
The Centre today issued a notification handing over the
probe to the agency, CBI sources said.
The Uttarakhand government had requested the Centre for a
CBI probe after coming under strong pressure from local
religious leaders who alleged foul play in the death of the
swami who had demanded shifting of stone crushers from Kumbh
The religious leaders and the family of Nigamananda,
who died on June 13 at a hospital in Dehradun, had alleged
that he was poisoned and suspected the role of local mining
mafia in his death.