Dehra Dun: Amid allegations that Swami Nigamanand was poisoned, Uttarakhand government on Wednesday ordered a CBI inquiry into the death of Seer, who had been on fast for about four months protesting illegal quarrying and mining in the state.

Media adviser to the state government, Devendra Bhasin, said, "Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has decided to hand over the inquiry related to the death of Swami Nigamanand to CBI."

Nigamanand, who died in a hospital here on June 13, was on fast since February 19 demanding immediate halt to illegal quarrying in the Ganges and shifting of Himalaya stone crusher from Kumbh area.

The CBI inquiry came after the pressure mounted on the state government from various quarters for a through probe, including Swami Nigamanand's family members, Uttarakhand
Governor Margaret Alva, main opposition Congress besides sadhus of Matri Sadan ashram.

The government had on Tuesday asked the CB-CID to probe the seer's death but Congress rejected it alleging the state government was working under pressure from quarrying mafia.

Earlier in the day, State Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik told reporters here that the government was willing to for a CBI probe if the Matri Sadan ashram and family members of Swami Nigamanand wants.

Stating that though the postmortem report of Nigamanand has stated coma, septicaemia and degenerative brain disorder as the cause of death and his viscera has been preserved for further forensic examination, Kaushik said the government can also facilitate another sample of his viscera for the satisfaction of his ashram and family.

In Darbhanga, the family members of Swami Nigmanand demanded a thorough probe into the circumstances leading to his death and accused Uttarakhand government of insensitivity
towards him.

Agencies