GD Agrawal’s Ganga stir intensifies

GD Agrawal’s Ganga stir intensifies

Agency News

The agitation launched by renowned river activist Prof GD Agrawal (Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand) in Haridwar for the cause of Ganga on June 22, has now intensified, with activists sitting on Satyagraha at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi and holding Ganga march at different places in the country.

The 87-year old activist has been on an indefinite hunger strike in Kankhal-Haridwar for 43 days now, demanding enactment of the Ganga Protection and Management Act and halting all project works along the Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers. Unhappy over the government's 'apathy' towards the veteran IIT professor-turned-saint's stir, various activist bodies joined in, expressing solidarity and support to his cause and triggering countrywide protest marches, a Spokesman told UNI over telephone.

Two activists Anil Sharma and Jagdish Chaudhary sat on Satyagraha at the Jantar Mantar here on Friday and march were held at different places in Rajasthan on Thursday, he said. The march in Bhikampura-Alwar was led by Waterman Dr Rajendra Singh.

Ganga yatras were also flagged off on Friday from some places in Urai, Allahabad, Gehmar-Gazipur, Faridabad and Mewat, which would reach Delhi by the next 10 days, to join in the Satyagraha at the Jantar Mantar, the Spokesman said

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar on Thursday spoke via video conferencing to the fasting saint to persuade him to end his hunger strike, but Prof Agrawal turned down his suggestion.UNI