Nigamanand case: CBI quizzes hospital staff

The 36-year-old Swami undertook an indefinite fast from February 19 demanding immediate stoppage of illegal quarrying in Ganga.

Dehra Dun: Amid allegations that Swami
Nigamanand was poisoned, the CBI interrogated the staff of a
hospital in connection with the death of the Sadhu who
undertook a fast demanding an end to illegal quarrying in
river Ganga.

A two-member team interrogated Chief Medical
Superintendent Ravindra Thapaliyal and Administrative Officer
Santosh Kumari of the Haridwar district hospital last evening,
official sources said.

The team also visited the ward where Nigamanand was
admitted during treatment. It also collected the documents and
prescriptions related to his treatment.

The CBI filed an FIR in the case against the then CMS
of the hospital, Dr P K Bhatnagar, and the owner of the
Himalaya Stone Crusher, Gyanesh Kumar, in connection with
Nigamanand`s death.

The post-mortem says Nigamanand died due to coma,
septicaemia and degenerative brain disorder.

Nigamanand`s guru Swami Shivanand dismissed the
autopsy report alleging the administration was not allowing
the truth to come out.

The 36-year-old Swami undertook an indefinite fast
from February 19 demanding immediate stoppage of illegal
quarrying in Ganga.

He was admitted to the Haridwar Hospital on April 18
and was later shifted to the Himalayan Hospital where he
expired on June 13.

PTI

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