NEW DELHI: Social activist and Arya Samaj leader Swami Aginivesh passed away at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi on Friday. He was 80. He was
suffering from liver cirrhosis and was on ventilatory support since Tuesday due to multiple organ failure. The condition deteriorated on Friday after he suffered a cardiac arrest at 6 in the evening. He died soon after.
Swami Agnivesh led the Bandhu Mukti Morcha, a frontal organization against bonded labour.
Agnivesh hailed from a Brahmin family in Andhra Pradesh. After entering politics for some time, he was elected to the Haryana assembly at one time and later functioned as education minister for two years. For a period, he was a part of the Anna Hazare=led anti-corruption movement. He was opposed to the Jan Sangh, the RSS and the BJP.
He had been attacked by alleged pro-RSS pro-Hindu youths more than once. He was president of the World Council of Arya Samaj till 2014. IHN-NN
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