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Upendra Bharti | HENB | Jaipur | July 21, 2022:: Hindu Seers in Rajasthan on Thursday called off their agitation after the Ashok Gehlot led Congress Govt in the state agreed to shift mining from two hills in Bharatpur district, a day after a seer named Vijay Das self-immolated in protest against ‘illegal mining’ in the area.
The seers was agitating to stop illegal mining for the conservation of natural environment of Adi Badri and Kankachal hill areas including the protection of ancient pilgrimage and traditional demography. Rampant and harmful mining was endangering the natural flora and fauna. Moreover, the settlement of labour form outside and their non-Hindu faith was posing as a threat for a demographic change so far in the areas. More over many ancient pilgrimage sites in the area of Adi Badri and Kankachal hill areas were facing a threat of damage for the rampant illegal mining and excavations.
The condition of seer Vijay Das is critical after sustaining nearly 80% burn injuries, officials said on Thursday, adding that he is being shifted to a hospital in New Delhi.
Das set himself on fire in Deeg area of Bharatpur on Wednesday during the agitation seeking closure of stone mining in Adi Badri and Kankachal hills. Another seer, Narayan Das, had on July 19 climbed a mobile tower in protest.
On Thursday, Bharatpur district collector Alok Ranjan said 34 mines are operated in Adi Badri area and 11 in Kankachal. The mines were allotted from 2000-2018. He said that around 2,500 people are engaged in these mines and they will get employment in the other areas.
Meanwhile, BJP Rajasthan president Satish Poonia constituted a three-member fact-finding committee to visit Bharatpur and submit a report. The BJP earlier accused the Congress-led state government of “destroying” the hills.
Alwar MP Baba Balaknath, former minister Gajendra Singh and former MLA Rajkumari Jatav are the members of the team, according to a party spokesperson.
The BJP members also held a protest outside Bharatpur district collectorate against the state government over the stone mining issue.
“The Congress government in Rajasthan is anti-Hindu. The seers had been holding the agitation for 550 days against mining, but they were unheard. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot should clarify his stand on the issue,” a local BJP leader told reporters in Bharatpur.
many temples in Bharatpur and the Bharatpur Sadhu Samaj are arranging special Havan (fire sacrifice rituals) and prayer on coming Sunday for the speedy recovery of Seer Vijay Das Maharaj.
__Inputs from PTI.