Indian environmentalist GD Agarwal. who had been in an indefinite fast since June 22 to urge the government to clean up river Ganga has died at a hospital in Rishikesh.
The 87-year-old activist whose demand was a law that would protect river Ganga and maintain its uninterrupted flow between Gangotri and Uttarkashi succumbed to a heart attack at AIIMS hospital, where he had been admitted by the police after being on fast for 109 days.
Agarwal, also known as Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, has held fasts previously for the cause of river protection, including the one in 2009 that had led to the halt of the construction of a dam on river Bhagirathi.
The former professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur had been consuming only water mixed with honey during his fast this time. Later, following the failure to meet his demands, he reportedly gave up water also.
GD Agarwal, our leading environmentalist who fasted 109 days to save the Ganga, was forcibly picked up by the Uttarakhand police&hospitalized yesterday.He passed away today after his pleas to save the Ganga fell on Modi’s deaf years. RIP Dear Sir. This world is not for pure souls https://t.co/7a95ICK1tq
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) October 11, 2018
Once mighty river now gasping for breath. Dr. G.D.Agarwal, aka Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, is on a fast-onto-death to save the venerable Ganga from the clutches of politicians. Will they listen? @pmoindia @narendramodi #FightForGanga pic.twitter.com/Ck8ZO4wZ85
— K P Singh (@kpsingh1966) October 9, 2018