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Professor GD Agarwal dies after 111-day fast to save Ganga

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GD Agarwal, a former professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur and a man who devoted his life to the cause of saving river Ganga, died today. Agarwal was on a fast-unto-death for the last 111 days.

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Agarwal sat on his fast to protest against the government's alleged inaction in taking measures to make the Ganga free of pollution and free-flowing.

Agarwal died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh where he was admitted by the state police last night.

Agarwal died due to a heart attack, the media coordinator of AIIMS Rishikesh said.

Agarwal, who took on the name Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand in his later life, sat on a similar fast in 2012.

Then, his fast lasted nearly two-and-a-half months at the end of which the then Manmohan Singh-led government at the Centre was forced to give in to Agarwal's demand that a meeting of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) be held.

Agarwal, born in 1932 in Shanli, retired as a professor of environmental engineering from IIT Kanpur.

He then served as a member-secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board.

In 2012, he formally renounced the world and adopted the name Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand.

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