‘Ganga ac­tivist’ GD Agar­wal, on fast for nearly 4 months, dies

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NEW DELHI: Ac­tivist GD Agar­wal, who was on an in­def­i­nite fast since June 22 to urge the gov­ern­ment to clean river Ganga, has died at the AIIMS hospi­tal in Rishikesh. He was 87.

The noted en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist re­port­edly had a heart at­tack.

He was re­port­edly de­mand­ing a law that would pro­tect river Ganga and main­tain its un­in­ter­rupted flow be­tween Gan­gotri and Ut­tarkashi in Ut­tarak­hand.

GD Agar­wal, also known as Swami Gyan Swa­roop Sanand, was shifted by the po­lice from Harid­war to AIIMS in Rishikesh on Wed­nes­day af­ter be­ing on fast for 109 days.

Re­ports sug­gest the ‘Clean Ganga’ ac­tivist was only con­sum­ing wa­ter mixed with honey dur­ing his fast. Two days ago, he had re­port­edly also given up wa­ter af­ter talks on his de­mands failed.

GD Agar­wal was once a pro­fes­sor at the In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Kan­pur. He had also served as a Mem­ber-sec­re­tary of the Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board or CPCB.

He had pre­vi­ously too held fasts for the pro­tec­tion of rivers. His fast in 2009 had led to the con­struc­tion of a dam on river Bha­gi­rathi be­ing stopped.

Lawyer and ac­tivist Prashant Bhushan tweeted to say GD Agar­wal’s pleas to clean Ganga were not acted upon.

In this photo dated Oct 10, 2018, is seen en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist G D Agar­wal, who was on fast unto death since June 22 for a clean River Ganga

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