U’khand govt fails to prod seer to call off fast
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Last Updated: Monday, December 05, 2011, 21:49
  
Haridwar: Uttarakhand government on Monday failed to persuade Swami Shivanand to call off his indefinite fast to press for halt to quarrying along the Ganges river even as police filed a case of attempt to suicide against the seer.

As the hunger strike by the seer entered the 11th day, Revenue Minister Diwakar Bhatt held talks with him for nearly an hour but failed in his efforts.

Sixty five-year-old Swami Shivanand, who began his indefinite fast on November 25, has bolted himself in a room at his Matri Sadan ashram here since Sunday expressing apprehension that the administration might forcibly shift him to a hospital.

Spokesman of the ashram Sant Dayanand said Bhatt has failed to give any assurance regarding stopping of quarrying in Ganga and so the fast of Swami Shivanand would continue.

Meanwhile, the district police has registered a case of attempt to suicide under IPC section 309 against Swami Shivanand.

Shivanand, the founder head of Matri Sadan ashram, has said he would not end the fast till Uttarakhand government issued a notification regarding banning quarrying in the entire stretch of the Ganga in Haridwar.

Chief Minister B C Khanduri had made it clear last week that quarrying along the entire stretch of the Ganga river in Haridwar would not be stopped and termed the seer's demand as "illogical."

Swami Shivanand had begun the fast nearly five months after the death of his disciple Nigamanand over the demand of banning quarrying in the Ganga river in Kumbh area of Haridwar.

In June this year, Nigamanand died after fasting for nearly four months.

The death of 36-year-old Nigamanand had, however, sparked a controversy with Swami Shivananad alleging he was poisoned at the behest of quarrying mafia that led to his death. However, a forensic report during CBI probe into the case has revealed that Swami Nigamanand was not poisoned.

PTI


First Published: Monday, December 05, 2011, 21:49


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