Haridwar: Toughening stand over Swami Sivananda, who is on fast unto death against ongoing mining work in Ganga, the district administration, Haridwar, late on Sunday evening lodged a case against him charging with an attempt to suicide under section 309.

The Kankhal police lodged the case against the Swami charging him with attempting suicide through keeping fast after he denied medical examination on Saturday.

The police have also issued show cause notice to American national Brise Garden Mangomeri and Australian Liza Sabina who are making documentaries on the Swami Sivananda’s protest against mining in Ganga.

“The doctors who had examined the seer had expressed concern over the declining condition of his health,” said SSP Pushkar Singh adding that “Revenue Minister Diwakar Bhatt on Sunday visited Matra Sadan to request him to end his fast, but was refused by Sivananda. Subsequently, the case has been registered against him.”

Singh further said that the foreigners who are making documentary on him will also be sent back to their nations in case they fail to give satisfactory reply to the authorities.

Condemning the charges and demanding action against the police, Sivananda said “I am doing my moral responsibility and will continue the fast till last breath. All allegations are just fake and only aimed at forcing me to withdraw my fight against the wrongdoers.”

JPN/Bureau