Ganga crusader Nigamanand was poisoned: Aide

Mystery is surrounding the death of Swami Nigamanand, who died after a record 114-day long hunger strike demanding immediate stopping of quarrying in Ganga.

Updated: Jun 15, 2011, 10:42 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Mystery is surrounding the death of Swami Nigamanand, who died after a record 114-day long hunger strike demanding immediate stopping of quarrying in Ganga.

36-year-old Nigamanand of the Haridwar-based Matri Sadan Ashram died on Monday at the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences at Dehradun.
Nigmanand was demanding immediate stopping of quarrying
in the Ganga at Haridwar and alleged corruption in the
government`s system with active involvement of the mafia. He
had begun his fast on February 19 and was in coma since May 2.

However allegations are being made that he was poisoned to death.

The founder head of Matri Sadan Ashram Swami Shivanand
had lodged a complaint against Chief Medical Superintendent
(CMS) of Haridwar district hospital Dr P K Bhatnagar and owner
of Himalaya Stone Crusher Gyanesh Kumar in Kotwali police
station of Haridwar on May 11 alleging Swami Nigamanand was
poisoned on April 30 during treatment, following which he went
into coma on May 2.
Nigamanand was admitted to Haridwar district hospital. On
April 30, he was given an injection by a nurse after which he
went into coma on May 2, Shivanand had alleged. Later, the
seer was shifted to the hospital in Jolly Grant.

Shivanand had alleged that Nigamanand was given "Organo
phosphat" through injection which led to deterioration in his
condition.

Following the doubts about the Swami’s death, Haridwar district magistrate Meenakshi Sundaram has said that an autopsy would be conducted, a newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand government has ordered a CB-CID probe into the Nigamanand’s death.

With PTI inputs