Swami Nigmanand`s family demands probe

Family members of Swami Nigmanand, who died at a hospital in Dehradun after fasting for over two months, on Wednesday demanded a thorough probe into the circumstances leading to his death.

Darbhanga: Family members of Swami
Nigmanand, who died at a hospital in Dehradun after fasting
for over two months, on Wednesday demanded a thorough probe into the
circumstances leading to his death.

Uttarakhand government`s insensitivity can be gauged
from the fact that it arranged the best medical facility to
Yoga guru Ramdev at the same hospital in Dehradun where
Nigmanand died for lack of treatment, Nigmanand`s father
Subhash Chandra Jha, grandfather Surya Narayan Jha and grandmother Jaikali Devi said.
The family members spoke to Bihar Director General of
Police Neelmani and Home department`s Principal Secretary Amir
Subhani, seeking their help for bringing the body to the
native village Ladari in Uttrakhand.

Justice should be done and the "Bihar government should
also take up the matter with the Uttrakhand government," they
said.

"We want to cremate the body at the village," they said
and added that the role of Shivanand, another Swami of Matra
Sadan in Hardwar, should also be probed.
Swami Nigmanand of Matra Sadan passed away at the
hospital in Dehradun on June 13. He had been on
fast-unto-death since February 19, 2011, for the 68th
consecutive day, when he was forcibly hospitalised by the
district administration.

Nigmanand, who died at 34, was agitating against illegal
quarrying being carried out in the Ganga river-bed with the
alleged connivance of officials and quarrying mafia.

PTI

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