Shankaracharya Adhokshajanand Deo Tirtha Maharaj Sunday demanded a judicial probe into the circumstances that led to the death of environmentalist G D Agarwal, and said the “Ganga Bhakt” prime ministershould also issue a clarification on the episode.
Agarwal, also known as Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand, died of heart attackat Rishikesh’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences Thursday, where he was forcibly brought a day earlier.
He had been on indefinite fast for 110 days, demanding government measures to ensure a clean, free-flowing Ganga.
“A judicial probe by a sitting justice of a high court would only reveal the truth, since several allegations are cropping up,” the Shankaracharya told reporters in Mathura.
He said the government’s “silence” on Agarwal’s demands was painful as the environmentalist was not spreading separatism but was only demanding a clean Ganga.
He said Agarwal’s demands were similar to the promises made by this government to clean the holy river and it should give a clarification to avoid controversies after his death.
The Shankaracharya said the “Ganga Bhakta” Prime Minister Narendra Modishould clarify on the issue, adding that the phase through which the river is passing and the way its disciples are being treated, is not good for the country.
A day before Agarwal’s death, Water Resources and Ganga River Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari had said that the government has accepted almost all the demands made by the activist. “One demand was to to ensure environmental flow and we have come out with a notification.”
The Shankaracharya also said that he was disappointed that the RSS, VHP and their associate organisations, who otherwise raise the issue of a clean Ganga spiritedly, were silent on this matter.
They should put pressure on their government at the Centre and in the state to enact a law to protect the river, which would also be a tribute to Agarwal, he said.