Haridwar: The political corridors in Uttarakhand have started warming up as Swami Purnananda’s fast-unto-death continued for the fourth day. He is demanding CBI inquiry into the death of Swami Nigamananda who fasted for almost four months to protest against illegal mining and quarrying on the Ganga river-bed.

The state government led by Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has blamed the Central government for delaying the CBI probe into the Swami Nigamananda case.

In a meeting with Matri Sadan President Swami Sivananda Saraswati, BJP state media advisory committee president Dr Devendra Bhasin assured him of sending a second reminder to the Centre for the CBI probe.
Earlier, Swami Sivananda had alleged foul play in the death of the 34-year-old saint and claimed that he was poisoned.

Holding the Central government responsible for the delay, Dr Bhasin said, “The state government has sent a recommendation letter for the CBI probe in Swami Nigamananda’s death to the Centre on June 15. In reply to this, the Centre had asked for other information in this regard on June 30. Again on July 15, the state government had sent the additional information to the Centre besides issuing a notification.”

On Swami Sivananda’s demand to ban mining and quarrying in Kumbh Mela area, Dr Bhasin said the Centre has already passed an order in this regard.

When Bhasin requested Swami Purnananda to end his fast, he declined and said that he would continue until the aim is achieved. Two Congress leaders also sat on fast in his support.

(JPN/Bureau)