Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nigamanand case: Fresh viscera test ordered

On allegations that Swami Nigamanand was poisoned, authorities on Thursday ordered a second viscera test of the seer who died after a four-month fast against quarrying in Ganga river bed.Haridwar District Magistrate Meenakshi Sundaram has decided that another sample of viscera of Nigamanand be taken after the founder head of Matri Sadan ashram and his guru, Shivanand, gave a written request in this regard, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kewal Khurana, a day after the Uttarakhand Government recommended a CBI probe into the circumstances of his death.

A panel of doctors will take the sample at Matri Sadan ashram, where the body of the 36-year-old seer has been kept.The DM also made it clear that it is not a second post mortem and that only viscera samples will suffice, officials said on Thursday.Uttarakhand Minister Madan Kaushik had on Wednesday said that the government is ready for a fresh viscera test if the ashram and his family members are not satisfied.

Though the post mortem report of Nigamanand had stated coma, septicaemia and degenerative brain disorder as the cause of death, Shivanand had alleged that Nigamanand died of poisoning after he was administered a lethal injection at the behest of quarrying mafia.The death of Nigamanand on 13th June has sparked intense criticism of the BJP government with opposition Congress on Thursday demanding resignation of Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank alleging that the seer could not be saved due to negligence of the state government.

"The death of Nigamanand due to lack of proper medical care clearly shows that the BJP government has completely failed to discharge its duty," spokesman of Uttarakhand Congress Legislature Party Kishore Upadhyay said on Thursday.

"Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank should immediately resign from the post," he said.

Meanwhile, a tussle broke out between the ashram and seer's family members over taking possession of the seer's body.

The family threatened to go on an indefinite fast if the body is not handed over to them for the last rites.

Nigamanand's father Subhash Chandra Jha and other family members, who reached the ashram at Haridwar, said they wanted to perform his last rites at his native place in Darbhanga district of Bihar, Superintendent of Police (City) K L Shah said.

However, their request has been turned down by the sadhus of the ashram who said that Swami was a sadhu and so he will be given 'Bhu samadhi' in the ashram itself, Shah said.

The administration is taking legal opinion on the issue following which a decision in this regard would be taken, Shah said.

Meanwhile, Nigamanand's family has threatened to sit on an indefinite fast outside the ashram if the body was not handed over to him.

Nigamanand's elder brother Satyam Kumar Ashish alleged that the seer had told him there was pressure on him from his guru to undertake a fast and continue it even when he was not in the condition to do so.

"Nobody is helping us.... we were allowed to see the body for not more that 10 minutes. We are helpless. We will go on a hunger strike and die, that's all," he said.The Congress alleged that proper medical care was not provided to Nigamanand as the state government is under pressure from quarrying mafia.Upadhyaya claimed that he and Union Minister of State for Agriculture Harish Rawat wrote a letter to Chief Minister that Nigamanand should be shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi but no attention was given to their concerns.

Father claim Nigamanand's dead body turn down

(PTI) The family of Swami Nigamanand today threatened to go on an indefinite fast if the seer's body is not handed over to them for the last rites.Swami Nigamanand's father Subhash Chandra Jha and other family members reached the ashram at Haridwar and claimed over his body saying they wanted to perform his last rites at his native place in Darbhanga district of Bihar, Superintendent of Police (City) K L Shah said.

However, their request has been turned down by the Sadhus of the ashram who said that Swami was a sadhu and so he will be given 'Bhu samadhi' in the ashram itself, Shah added.The administration is taking legal opinion on the issue following which any decision in this regard would be taken, Shah said.

India witness century unique lunar eclipse

Nksagar-Sagar Media Inc: New Delhi:
Moon's bright white glow turned crimson brick red when it delved into the dark centre of the Earth's shadow during the century's longest and darkest lunar eclipse.
The awesome spectacle of the moon being eclipsed was visible all over the country, including the national capital.The full moon appeared much dimmer than usual, but sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere gave the lunar surface a deep reddish hue.

This was the century's longest and darkest total lunar eclipse as the Moon immersed deeply inside the umbral (darker) shadow of the Earth, Nehru Planetarium Director N Rathnasree said.The total phase of the eclipse lasted 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000.

The next such eclipse will only take place in 2141.
The penumbral lunar eclipse began at 22:54:34 IST and will end at 04:30:45 IST, she said.The total lunar eclipse began at 00:52:30 IST and ended at 02:32:42 IST. While the partial eclipse began at 23:52:56 IST and ended at 03:32:15 IST.

As the earth came in between the sun and the moon, its shadow first began sweeping across the moon blocking out much of its bright light and as the shadow descended gently, the moon's face turned red.A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth in course of its orbit around the Sun, comes between the Moon and Sun in such a way that Moon is hidden in the shadow cast by Earth.This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned in a straight line, C B Devgun from Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) said.

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