Swamy Agnivesh dies of illness, CM condoles death

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Noted Arya Samaj leader and Former MLA from Haryana Swamy Agnivesh breathed his last while undergoing treatment for Liver Cirrhosis in the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi today.

Agnivesh was on a ventilator for a few days and his end came today due to multi-organ failure. Best known for his work against bonded labour through the Bonded Labour Liberation Front, which he founded in 1981. Agnivesh became president of the World Council of Arya Samaj in 2004 and served till 2014.

The 80-year-old Swamy Agnivesh was born on September 21, 1939, in a Sanatan Hindu Brahmin family in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh. He lost his father at the age of four and was brought up by his maternal grandfather who was the Diwan of the princely state, Sakti, in present-day Chhattisgarh. He studied Law and Commerce, became a lecturer in management at the reputed St Xavier’s College in Kolkata and practised law for a while before founding an Arya Sabha, a political party based on Arya Samaj principles in 1970.

Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed his shock over the death of prominent social activist Swamy Agniveesh. He recalled that Swami Agniveesh had given his support to the Telangana Statehood movement from the beginning. The CM recalled that Swamy Agniveesh had participated in the meetings, conferences and programs of the separate Telangana statehood movement. The CM has conveyed his condolences to members of the Swami Agniveesh family.

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