Haridwar: Five months after the death of
Swami Nigamanand, his guru Swami Shivanand on Friday began an
indefinite fast demanding immediate stopping of quarrying in
river Ganga here.
Sixty-five-year-old Shivanand, the founder of the Matri
Sadan Ashram, told reporters here that he would not break his
fast until the state government issues a notification
regarding stopping of quarrying in Ganga.
Earlier, Haridwar administration officials tried to
convince him to reconsider his decision but failed.
In June, Nigamanand had died after fasting for
nearly four months over the same demand.
The death of 36-year-old swami had sparked off a
controversy with Shivananad alleging that he was poisoned at
the behest of quarrying mafia.
However, a forensic report during the CBI probe into the
case said that Nigamanand was not poisoned.