Cong demands CBI inquiry into Nigamanand`s death

Dismissing the CB-CID inquiry into the death of Swami Nigamanand as ordered by the Uttarakhand government, Congress on Wednesday demanded a CBI probe in the case.

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011, 14:46 PM IST

Dehra Dun: Dismissing the CB-CID inquiry into
the death of Swami Nigamanand as ordered by the Uttarakhand
government, Congress on Wednesday demanded a CBI probe in the case.

"Ramesh Pokhriyal government is responsible for the death
of Swami Nigamanand as it failed not only to check illegal
quarrying in the Kumbh area at Haridwar but also failed to
provide proper medical care to him," Uttarakhand PCC President
Yashpal Arya said.
The PCC President said Congress has no faith in the state
government and demanded handing over the inquiry to CBI to
reveal the truth behind Swami`s death.

He accused the BJP government of making Bollywood actor
Hema Malini the brand ambassador of Ganga Cleaning Campaign
and said it did not take any action on the demand of a Sadhu,
who sacrificed his life after fighting 114 days for the same
cause.

Arya also alleged the state government of patronising
quarrying mafia and said it did not take any action on the
demand of Swami, who was asking for immediate stopping of
quarrying in Ganga and shifting of Himalaya Stone crusher to
somewhere else from Kumbh area.

Congress is holding dharna and protest demonstrations
across the state, Arya said, adding, he himself would sit on
a dharna in Haridwar tomorrow in support of demand of CBI
probe.
Swami Nigamanand, a seer of Matri Sadan ashram in
Haridwar, died in the Himalayan hospital near here on June 13
after remaining in coma for 43 days. Nigamanand had begun his
fast on February 19.

Arya said the party would also submit a memorandum to
Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva with a request asking her
to intervene in the matter.

While state government is maintaining that it is not
responsible for the death of Swami Nigamanand as it had
already stopped the quarrying in the area in April, the
founder head of Matri Sadan ashram Swami, Shivanand has
alleged that Nigamanand was poisoned during treatment at the
behest of quarrying mafia that led to his death.

The postmortem report of Swami Nigamanand has said that
his death was caused due to coma, septicemia and degenerative
brain disorder. However, under pressure due to allegations
that Swami was poisoned, state Urban development minister
Madan Kaushik yesterday announced that the inquiry has been
handed over to CB-CID.

PTI