Cops send fast­ing seer to hos­pi­tal

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A HINDU seer on an in­def­i­nite fast to press for early con­struc­tion of a Ram tem­ple in Ayodhya has been picked up from the tem­ple town in Ut­tar Pradesh and sent to a hos­pi­tal in Luc­know.

“He was picked up by the po­lice af­ter his con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated af­ter mid­night,” an of­fi­cial said. Ma­hant Praramhans Das’s pulse rate dropped alarm­ingly forc­ing po­lice to in­ter­vene.

He was ad­mit­ted to the San­jay Gandhi Post-Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences where doc­tors treat­ing him said his con­di­tion was crit­i­cal as the ke­tone level in the body was very high due to pro­longed fast­ing. He has also suf­fered acute de­hy­dra­tion.

The in­sti­tute’s di­rec­tor Rakesh Kapoor is su­per­vis­ing Das’s treat­ment. He has been kept in the crit­i­cal care ICU. No­body is al­lowed to meet him.

The seer has been on a sit-in protest for the past week. He de­clared he wouldn’t re­lent un­til as­sur­ances from the state and cen­tral gov­ern­ment that the con­struc­tion of the tem­ple would be ex­pe­dited.

On Sun­day, state In­dus­try Min­is­ter Satish Ma­hana asked the seer to give up his fast unto death. He as­sured Das he’d soon ar­range a video call be­tween him and Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath.

There is anger against the po­lice ac­tion. Many from the seer’s com­mu­nity have con­verged at the venue of his fast. Former Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad (VHP) pres­i­dent Praveen Togadia is try­ing to ap­pease the ag­i­tated seers. – IANS

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