‘Ganga Activist’ GD Agarwal, On Fast From About 4 Months For Clean Ganga, Dies At 87

Environmentalist Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand alias Prof GD Agarwal, who was on an indefinite fast since June 22 demanding river Ganga be cleaned, died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh on Thursday, ANI reported.

The noted environmentalist reportedly had a heart attack.

He had begun his fast on June 22 in the Matri Sadan ashram in Haridwar, demanding a law that will protect River Ganga, maintain its uninterrupted flow in its natural form between Gangotri to Uttarkashi and keep the river clean.

Lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan took to Twitter and said, “GD Agarwal, our leading environmentalist who fasted 109 days to save the Ganga, was forcibly picked up by the Uttarakhand police and 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.”

Swami Gyan Swaroop was once a professor at IIT Kanpur. The PhD holder in environmental engineering from the University of California at Berkeley has also served as a Member-Secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

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