Environmentalist Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand alias Prof GD Agarwal, who was on an indefinite fast since June 22 demanding cleaning of river Ganga, died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh on October 11, 2018.
It is being reported that he had a heart attack. GD Agarwal was on fast for about 4 months and died at 87.
He began his fast on June 22 in the Matri Sadan Ashram in Haridwar. He was demanding a law to protect river Ganga, maintain its uninterrupted flow in its natural form between Gangotri and Uttarkashi and keep the river clean.
Renowned lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan twitted, “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, also served as a Member-Secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).