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Autopsy done, swami buried

india Updated: Jun 17, 2011 00:57 IST
Anupam Trivedi
Anupam Trivedi
Hindustan Times
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Bowing to the pressure of the Matri Sadan, which alleged poisoning as the main reason behind Swami Nigmanand's death, a second autopsy was done and his viscera was preserved. This delayed the Swami's burial by three hours.

Amid chaos and sloganeering of saints and Congress leaders a team of doctors performed second autopsy and preserved viscera which would be send to central forensic lab in Lucknow. "Only viscera report can ascertain whether Nigmanand was poisoned but the two samples of viscera could give misleading reports," indicated Dr Yogesh Sharma, Chief Medical Officer to HT.

Doctors in Dehradun had conducted autopsy on Swami Nigamanand body on Monday night but it was marred with controversy as Swami Shivanand – founder of Matri Sadan – hermitage of saints – had alleged that administration infused poison in Nigamanand before he was admitted to hospital after 68 days fast.

Even as second autopsy was performed on Nigamand, his parents demanded that his body should be hand over to them. However after consulting All India Akhara Parishand (AIAP) – the largest body of saints – district magistrate gave a letter to parents that body could not given to them.

"It’s against the Hindu Act 1818. A saint is no more associated with his family and all the last rites are performed as per traditions of sainthood", said Mahant Hari Giri, general secretary AIAP.

Whereas the parents of Swami Nigamanand reiterated their claim over his body. "Swaropan Jha (Nigamanand) was his real name. We do not go by the theory of earth burial. We will abide by the Hindu traditions and observe ‘shrad’ for the peace of his soul", said Prakash Jha, father of Nigamanand who came from Darbhanga (Bihar) along with his wife. The duo refused to observe last rites of Nigamanand at Matri Sadan.

In the midst of controversy, Nigamanand was finally ‘earth buried’around 1700 hours at the compound of Matri Sadan. A large number of saints, Congress leaders and BJP MP turned environmentalist Maneka Gandhi were also present.

Meanwhile main opposition Congress continued firing salvo on ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government. Party said though government has recommended for CBI inquiry on Nigamanand’s death but on moral grounds Nishank government should resign.

"CBI will find out the reasons why Nigamanand died but what about his 68 days fast. Government must resign that it not paid attention to Swami Nigamanand", said Harak Singh Rawat, leader of opposition.