‘Clean Ganga’ activist on indefinite strike since 109 days dies

New Delhi | ‘Clean Ganga’ activist GD Agarwal who was on an indefinite strike demanding the government to initiate the cleanliness of river Ganga died on Thursday after 109 days.

Agarwal who was also known as Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, died of a heart attack after being admitted to the All India Institue of Medical Sciences. Sanand who was only consuming water mixed with honey during his fast gave up water two days before.

Once a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Agarwal also did a fast in 2009 had led to the construction of a dam on river Bhagirathi being stopped.

Lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan paying his condolence on the demise of GD Agarwal tweeted,”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.”

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