Seer for CBI probe in Nigamanand death ends fast
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 14, 2011, 21:24
Haridwar: A seer, demanding immediate initiation of CBI inquiry into the alleged murder of Swami Nigamanand, on Sunday ended his 16-day old fast after receiving a letter from the probe agency.

Swami Poornanand broke his fast this evening by sipping juice given to him by Union minister Harish Rawat.

Poornanand of the Matri Sadan ashram here began his fast on July 30 seeking immediate initiation of CBI inquiry into the death of Swami Nigamanand, who died on June 13 after fasting for over four months in protest against illegal mining on the Ganga riverbed.

The Centre had issued notification on handing probe to CBI on August 10, but the letter reached him only by this evening, Swami Dayanand, spokesman of Matri Sadan ashram, said.

Swami Nigamanand, who also belonged to Matri Sadan ashram, died in a hospital near here after remaining in coma for more than a month. He had begun his indefinite fast in February this year. In April, he was admitted to a hospital when he complained of vomiting. Later, his condition deteriorated and he went into coma on May 2.

Matri Sadan ashram founder head Swami Shivanand, however, alleged that Swami Nigamanand was murdered by being given poison during treatment.


First Published: Sunday, August 14, 2011, 21:24

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