GD Agarwal, the Clean Ganga Activist Fasting Since June 22, Dies

GD Agarwal, the Clean Ganga Activist Fasting Since June 22, Dies

GD Agarwal, the Clean Ganga Activist Fasting Since June 22, Dies 

New Delhi: GD Agarwal, the activist who was on an indefinite fast since June 22 to urge the government to clean river Ganga, has died at the AIIMS hospital in Rishikesh. He was 87.

It was reported that Mr Agarwal, a noted environmentalist had a heart attack.

The activist demanded a law that would protect river Ganga and maintain its uninterrupted flow between Gangotri and Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand.

Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, aka GD Agarwal, was shifted by the police from Haridwar to AIIMS in Rishikesh yesterday after being on fast for 109 days.

As per the reports, the 'Clean Ganga' activist was only consuming water mixed with honey during his fast. He had, two days ago,  reportedly also given up water after talks on his demands failed.

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Once a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, GD Agarwal had also served as a Member-Secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board.

For the protection of rivers, Mr Agarwal had previously held fasts. In 2009, his fast had led to the construction of a dam on river Bhagirathi being stopped.

Prashant Bhushan, the lawyer and activist took to twitter to say that GD Agarwal's pleas to clean Ganga were not acted upon. "GD Agarwal, our leading environmentalist who fasted 109 days to save the Ganga, was forcibly picked up by the Uttarakhand police&hospitalized yesterday.He passed away today after his pleas to save the Ganga fell on Modi's deaf years. RIP Dear Sir. This world is not for pure souls (SIC)" Mr Bhushan tweeted.

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