Being on an indefinite hunger strike since June 22, Activist GD Agarwal dies at 87 after his 111 days of fast in order to urge the government to clean river Ganga. As per the sources, Agarwal died at the AIIMS hospital in Rishikesh.
After continuing his fast for 110 days, GD Agarwal, also known as Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, was shifted by the police from Haridwar to AIIMS in Rishikesh yesterday. The doctors at AIIMS revealed that he was already suffering from hernia, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease and the fast made his condition worse.
As per the reports, Mr. Agarwal was only taking water mixed with honey during his fast. And Two days ago he gave up taking that also as his demands were not considered. On the other hand, there have been reports that a day before the activist died, Union Water Resources and Ganga River Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari made a confirmation that all his demands had been met. Gadkari also wrote a letter to GD Agarwal to give up his fast.
On Tuesday, Gadkari told our reporters that said the draft legislation on protecting the Ganga had also been sent to the Cabinet for approval. Amidst the hunger strike, GD Agarwal wrote several letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the pledge that PM Modi took in 2014 to take immediate steps ensuring the cleaning of the holy river.
PM Modi offered his condolences on Twitter. “Saddened by the demise of Shri GD Agarwal Ji. His passion towards learning, education, saving the environment, particularly Ganga cleaning will always be remembered. My condolences,” the prime minister tweeted.
Besides being a Member-Secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board or CPCB, GD Agarwal has also served the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur as a professor.
Besides the 111 days fast that took his life, GD Agarwal earlier held fasts for the protection of rivers. The fast that he kept in 2009 stopped the construction of a dam on river Bhagirathi.