G. D. Agrawal alias Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand has finally breathed his last and went away without his demand for a clean Ganga remaining unfulfilled by the subsequent governments in a row. Swami Gyan Swaroop was an important figure in the field of environmental engineers in India, hadn't eaten since last 111 days. His career spanned from being a faculty member of IIT-Kanpur, a member of the Indian Central Pollution Control Board to currently being a Sanyaasi. He was a man on mission and was fighting against mining hydro projects near Ganga. Here are the 10 lesser-known facts about this great crusader:
1. G. D. Agrawal was more popular as Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand .
2. He was sitting on hunger strike since last 111 days and in last few days he had even given up water.
3. Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, hadn’t eaten since June 22.
4. On July 10, about 20 people, including policemen, forcefully dragged him from Matri Sadan Ashram in Haridwar, where he was observing fast, into an ambulance to Dehradun-based Doon Hospital.
5. Later, on July 12, he was shifted to AIIMS, Rishikesh. During his eleven-day stay at AIIMS, doctors attempted to feed him through the drip. But they were not successful.
5. Since 2008, Agrawal has been engaged in indefinite hunger strikes demanding the Central government to honour its promise to protect the river Ganges.
6.This was Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand's sixth strike, which the 86-year-old always claimed to be his last.
7. Swami Gyan Swaroop was on fast-on-to-death for the cleansing of the Ganga, and reminded all governments about their false promises
8. He was also against the mining and hydro projects in and around Ganga.
9. Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand was a faculty in IIT-Kanpur and was also a member of the Indian Central Pollution Control Board
10. Since June 22 he was just taking water and honey.