An­other Ganga ac­tivist taken to hospi­tal

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION - HTC and Agen­cies let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

RISHIKESH: Two days af­ter Ganga ac­tivist GD Agar­wal died at AIIMS, an­other per­son fast­ing for con­ser­va­tion of the river was rushed to the pre­mier in­sti­tute early on Satur­day.

Thirty-six years old Sant Gopal Das had been fast­ing for 110 days. He stopped drink­ing wa­ter three days ago.

Gopal Das was shifted within hours of an­nounc­ing that he will sit on ag­i­ta­tion at Ma­tri Sadan, where Agar­wal was fast­ing be­fore he passed away.

Teams of the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion and med­i­cal per­son­nel ar­rived at Ma­tri Sadan ashram early morn­ing and shifted Das, who was sleep­ing at the time, in to an am­bu­lance and took him to AIIMS, Rishikesh.

Late in the evening, Das’s health de­te­ri­o­rated and com­plained of in­di­ges­tion af­ter which his fol­low­ers in­formed ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cials, urg­ing them to ad­mit him in hospi­tal.

Das be­gan his fast against min- ing in the Ganga river bed first in Badri­nath and has been fast­ing at Triveni and Bag ghats of the Ganga in Rishikesh since June 24, his fol­lower Arvind Hat­wal said at AIIMS.

“Sant Gopal Das will con­tinue and take for­ward the ag­i­ta­tion of late Swami Sanand (the alias of Agar­wal’s), [but] due to a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of his health we thought it is bet­ter to ad­mit him for med­i­cal treat­ment” said a fol­lower of Das.

The ac­tivist is cur­rently be­ing treated at the en­docrinol­ogy ward of AIIMS, Rishikesh, act­ing med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent of the in­sti­tute Bri­jen­dra Singh told re­porters, PTI re­ported.

Das was suf­fer­ing from de­hy­dra­tion, Meenakshi Dhar, who heads the team of doc­tors at­tend­ing to him at the in­sti­tute, said.

His sugar level had come down to 65. Though he re­fused to eat any­thing or un­dergo med­i­cal treat­ment, he is be­ing given in­tra­venous flu­ids. The ad­min­is­tra­tion has given per­mis­sion to AIIMS au­thor­i­ties to take any mea­sures they deem fit to save Das’s life in­clud­ing force-feed­ing.

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