Five months after the death of Swami Nigamanand, his guru Swami Shivanand began an indefinite fast on Friday demanding immediate stoppage of quarrying in the Ganga here.

Sixty-five-year-old Swami Shivanand, founder of the Matri Sadan Ashram, told reporters here that he would not break his fast until the State Government issues a notification stopping quarrying in the Ganga. Earlier, Haridwar Administration officials tried to convince him to reconsider his decision but failed. In June, Swami Nigamanand had died after fasting for nearly four months over the same demand.

The death of the 36-year-old swami had sparked a controversy with Swami Shivananad alleging that he was poisoned at the behest of quarrying mafia.

However, a forensic report during the CBI probe into the case said that Swami Nigamanand was not poisoned. - PTI