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Ganga: Brahmachari Atmabodhanand ends 193- day fast on assurance from Govt
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Ganga: Brahmachari Atmabodhanand ends 193- day fast on assurance from Govt

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New Delhi, May 4: Brahmachari Atmabodhanand, who was on hunger strike for the cause of the Ganga in Haridwar since October 24 last year, ended his stir in Saturday following a written assurance from the Centre.

The 28-year young seer from the Kankhal-Haridwar-based Matrisadan Ashram, ended his 193-day hunger strike on an assurance given in a letter sent today by the National Mission on Clean Ganga Director-General Rajiv Ranjan Mishra.

Matrisadan Ashram spiritual head Swami Shivanand offered juice to Brahmachari to end the fast in the presence of state government and district administration officials.
In the letter, the NMCG chief assured the fasting monk that effective measures to curb illegal mining along the Ganga river bed and it's course and administrative decision over the demand of stopping work on dams or hydro power projects along the river in Uttarakhand was expected to be taken shortly.

Ultimatum

About a fortnight ago, the young seer had written to all the authorities concerned, including President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of his decision to shun water intake, if the demands made by his spiritual guru late Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand (Prof GD Agrawal) were not conceded.

In a 6-page letter written to PM on Friday, Brahmachari said that Swami Sanand had died at the AIIMS Rishikesh on October 11 last on 112th day of his hunger strike and he had been on the fast since October 24 for furthering the sacred cause set by the Swamiji.

Copies of the letter were also sent to President, UN Secretary General, Chief Justice of India, concerned Ministries, Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Governor of Uttarakhand, Chief Justice of the Nainital High Court and presidents of political parties, including the Indian National Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Telegu Desam Party, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Communist Party of India.

Unresolved demands

In the letter, the fasting monk has stated that the demands of late Swami Sanand about enactment of the Ganga Protection and Management Act, stopping works on all upcoming dams along the river and its tributaries, ban on mining along the river bed and conservation of forests still remained unresolved.

He also accused the officials of 'killing' Swami Sanand at the AIIMS Rishikesh and also attempting to give him poison at the same hospital in November last.Meanwhile, the activists have decided to raise the issue of the Ganga at the UN during the session of the world body.

Persistent stir by sadhus and activists has a long history, dating back to 1990s with repeated hunger strike and Satyagraha that was marred by death of four fasting seers -- Swami Gokulanand Saraswati, Swami Nigamanand Saraswati, Nageshwar Nath and now Swami Sanand (Prof Agrawal) between 2004 and 2018.

Followers and associates of late Agrawal who launched the current spell of stir in June last year, had resolved not to give up on the mission, accordingly, Sant Gopal Das and Brahmachari Atmabodhanand sat on indefinite fast. While Das, on fast since June 24, disappeared under suspicious circumstances from AIIMS Delhi on 5th December.

Sant Gopal Das has also reappeared this week after 133 days and presently said to be staying at undisclosed place. (UNI)