Save Ganga” activist Swami Poornanand -- who had been on an indefinite fast since December 10 protesting resumption of quarrying and stone-crushing in the ecologically sensitive areas along the river -- was force-fed on Friday after his health deteriorated.

This was done by a team of district administration officials from Haridwar on the advice of doctors at the Himalayan Hospital Jollygrant, Haridwar District Magistrate Sachin Kurve said on Saturday.

Poornanand had been continuing his fast despite being arrested on the 13th day of his fast on December 22 on the charge of attempt to suicide.

Criticising the move, Haridwar’s Matri Sadan Ashram, with which the seer is associated, termed it as a “conspiracy” by the State government to quell the ongoing protest against its order allowing resumption of quarrying along the Ganga.

Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand High Court has served interim show-cause notices on the State Industry Department and the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam for allowing resumption of quarrying and stone crushing in the ecologically sensitive areas near the Ganga in Haridwar.

On a PIL admitted in the Court two weeks after Poornanand went on a fast protesting the government’s move, the Bench of Justice Sudhansu Dhulia served notices to the Principal Secretary (Industries) and MD of GMVN Pankaj Kumar Pandey asking them to explain why they had allowed resumption of quarrying and stone crushing in such areas before completion of the environment impact assessment exercise. - PTI