Dehra Dun: Swami Shivanand, founder-head of Haridwar-based Matri Sadan Ashram, was quizzed by the CBI in connection with the death of Swami Nigamanand who undertook a fast demanding an end to illegal quarrying in river Ganga.

A CBI team visited the ashram on Monday and questioned Shivanand, Nigamanand's guru, and others, officials said here on Tuesday.

Shivanand handed over to the probe team the photographs taken when Nigamanand was being shifted to Haridwar District Hospital from the fasting venue by the administration.

The CBI team also inspected the place in the ashram where Nigamanand was given 'bhu samadhi' (holy burial).

On Saturday, a CBI team had quizzed Haridwar District Hospital Chief Medical Superintendent Ravindra Thapaliyal and Administrative Officer Santosh Kumari and took in possession documents and prescriptions related to Nigamanand's treatment.

The team also visited the state-run Doon Hospital and collected documents regarding the treatment of Nigamanand.

36-year-old Nigamanand undertook an indefinite fast on February 19 demanding an immediate end to illegal quarrying in Ganga.

He was admitted to the Haridwar Hospital on April 18 after his condition deteriorated and was later shifted to Doon Hospital before being taken to Himalayan Hospital where he died on June 13.

According to the post-mortem, Nigamanand died of coma, septicaemia and degenerative brain disorder, but Shivanand alleged that he died due to poisoning administered to him during treatment at the behest of quarrying mafia.
 
The CBI had registered a case against the then Haridwar Hospital CMS P K Bhatnagar, and Gyanesh Kumar, owner of the Himalaya Stone Crusher, in connection with Nigamanand's death.


(Agencies)