CBI FILES A CLOSURE REPORT IN A CASE RELATING TO DEATH OF SWAMI NIGMANAND

Press Release
New Delhi , 28.12.2011

           The Central Bureau of Investigation today filed a Closure Report in the in the Court of Special Magistrate, CBI, Dehradun in the Case relating to the death of Swami Nigamananda in Uttarakhand.

            Detailed investigation by the CBI revealed that there was no case of poisoning. The technical, clinical, medical investigation has concluded that the cause of death was malnutrition leading to Wernike's Encephalopathy and associated complications due to prolonged fasting. Chemical analysis of the viscera of Swami Nigamanand did not detect any poison including Organo phosporous poison.

            A medical board headed by experts from AIIMS was constituted to examine the cause of death of Swami Nigmanand. The board also heard a representative of the complainant ,doctors who treated late Swami Nigmanand in different hospitals in Haridwar and Dehradun, as well as, those who performed first and second postmortem on Swami Nigmanand were also invited by the board. After an in depth analysis and detailed deliberations the medical board concluded that the cause of death was malnutrition leading to "Wernike's Encephalopathy and associated complications due to prolonged fasting". The medical board also concluded that there were no clinical and postmortem evidences supportive of any poisoning including Organo Phosphorus poisoning as alleged in the complaint. Also no evidences came on record showing nexus between the suspected persons named in the FIR.

           Swami Nigmanand had gone on fast for 73 days from 20-01-2008 for stopping mining, quarrying and crushing in the Kumbh area. He again sat on fast to protest against the orders of Hon'ble High Court of Uttarakhand from 19-02-2011 to 27-04-2011 during which he was daily under medical check up and after that although he was continuously under medical care he expired on 13-06-2011.

            A complaint was lodged on 11.05.2011 with Inspector Kotwali, Haridwar alleging that a doctor of a Haridwar Hospital in criminal conspiracy with the Proprietor of a stone crushing company attempted to kill Swami Nigmanand of Matri Sadan by getting administered poison through an unknown nurse during his treatment in the District Hospital, Haridwar. Later on it was also alleged that poison was given in the ambulance while Swami Nigmanand was being transferred from District Hospital, Haridwar to Doon Hospital, Dehradun.

            CBI had registered this Case under section 120B read with 302 IPC on the request of State Government.

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