Social activist and Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh passed away Friday at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi.He was 80.Agnivesh had been suffering from liver cirrhosis and was put on ventilatory support on Tuesday due to multiple organ failure.
“His condition deteriorated today and he went into cardiac arrest at 6:00 PM.Resuscitation was attempted but the stalwart passed away at 6:30 PM,” said a statement by the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences.
His public work spurred him to enter active politics.
He, however, resigned from the post in protest against the Haryana government’s inaction against police who had opened fire at workers protesting bonded labor.
Agnivesh, they alleged, insulted Lord Shiva by saying that the ice stalagmite doesn’t hold any religious significance.