Nigamanand poisoned to death? CBI probe ordered

Yielding to pressure, Uttarakhand government on Wednesday ordered a CBI inquiry into the death of Swami Nigamanand.

Updated: Jun 16, 2011, 00:00 AM IST

Dehra Dun: Yielding to pressure, Uttarakhand
government on Wednesday ordered a CBI inquiry into the death of Swami
Nigamanand, who had been on fast for about four months
protesting illegal quarrying and mining in the state, amid
allegations that he was poisoned.

"Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has decided to
hand over the inquiry related to the death of Swami Nigamanand
to CBI", said Devendra Bhasin, the media adviser to the state
government.

Nigamanand, who died in a hospital here on June 13, was
on fast since February 19 demanding immediate halt to illegal
quarrying in the Ganges and shifting of Himalaya stone crusher
from Kumbh area.

The CBI inquiry came after the pressure mounted on the
state government from various quarters for a through probe,
including Swami Nigamanand`s family members, Uttarakhand
Governor Margaret Alva, main opposition Congress besides
sadhus of Matri Sadan ashram.

The government had yesterday asked the CB-CID to probe
the seer`s death but Congress rejected it alleging the state
government was working under pressure from quarrying mafia.

Earlier in the day, State Urban Development Minister
Madan Kaushik told reporters here that the government was
willing to for a CBI probe if the Matri Sadan ashram and
family members of Swami Nigamanand wants.

PTI