Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fwd: Investigate death of 'Save Ganga' Crusader

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From: mohanlal panda <>
Date: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 9:59 AM
Subject: Investigate death of 'Save Ganga' Crusader


The Chairperson,


New Delhi.




Greetings from PVCHR.



 Please refer to the news in the links:
The report refers to the death of Swami Nigamanand after fasting for 115 days in protest against the Uttarakhand Government's refusal to ban mining along a stretch of Ganga near Rishikesh. The 35 years old 'Save Ganga' crusader had been on a fast since February 19, 2011.
Dr Vijay Verma, a close aide of Nigamanand and president of Haridwar Citizen Council, alleged the seer suffered a heart attack at Haridwar district hospital after being injected poison by hospital staff, who worked in collusion with the land mafia.
Responding to the media queries about the Swami's death, Jairam Ramesh, the Union Minister for Environment, said he had sent a letter to Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on January 6 last year, asking him to take steps to end illegal sand mining in the stretches of River Ganga at Haridwar. "I have spoken to the chief minister on a number of occasions that illegal mining is rampant in Uttarakhand... That illegal mining enjoys political patronage in the highest levels. Unfortunately, no action was coming from the state government over the last 15 or 16 months," he said.

Media report highlights the iillegal stone quarrying and mining are rampant along the 80km Ganga stretch from Munni-Ki-Reti to Rishikesh in Tehri district and further to Laksar town in Haridwar.

Sir, given the conflicting reports, on behalf of PVCHR, I request NHRC to investigate the matter. Swami Nigamananda was a green crusader, who was out to protect the environmental rights of the people of this country and trying to reason the state government to respect and protect river Ganga. The allegation and involvement of medical fraternity with mining mafias should also be investigated. However, it is necessary for NHRC to investigate the role of state government in allowing the illegal mining in the area.

With regards,

Dr. Mohanlal Panda

Advisor, PVCHR

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