Dehra Dun: Swami Shivanand, founder-head
of Haridwar-based Matri Sadan Ashram, was quizzed by the CBI
in connection with the death of Swami Nigamanand who undertook
a fast demanding an end to illegal quarrying in river Ganga.
A CBI team visited the ashram on Tuesday and questioned
Shivanand, Nigamanand`s guru, and others, officials said here
Shivanand handed over to the probe team the photographs
taken when Nigamanand was being shifted to Haridwar District
Hospital from the fasting venue by the administration.
The CBI team also inspected the place in the ashram
where Nigamanand was given `bhu samadhi` (holy burial).
On Saturday, a CBI team had quizzed Haridwar District
Hospital Chief Medical Superintendent Ravindra Thapaliyal and
Administrative Officer Santosh Kumari and took in possession
documents and prescriptions related to Nigamanand`s treatment.
The team also visited the state-run Doon Hospital and
collected documents regarding the treatment of Nigamanand.
36-year-old Nigamanand undertook an indefinite fast on
February 19 demanding an immediate end to illegal quarrying in
He was admitted to the Haridwar Hospital on April 18
after his condition deteriorated and was later shifted to Doon
Hospital before being taken to Himalayan Hospital where he
died on June 13.
According to the post-mortem, Nigamanand died of coma,
septicaemia and degenerative brain disorder, but Shivanand
alleged he died due to poisoning administered to him during
treatment at the behest of quarrying mafia.
The CBI had registered a case against the then Haridwar
Hospital CMS P K Bhatnagar, and Gyanesh Kumar, owner of the
Himalaya Stone Crusher, in connection with Nigamanand`s death.