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Swami Agnivesh, Arya Samaj leader, dies after suffering multiple organ failure

The social activist was admitted to Delhi's ILBS hospital on Tuesday and had been on the ventilator support due to multiple organ failure.

Well-known Arya Samaj leader, Swami Agnivesh on Friday breathed his last at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in  New Delhi. He was suffering from liver cirrhosis and was critically ill.

Swami Agnivesh

The social activist had been on the ventilatory support since Tuesday after suffering multiple organ failure.

"On September 11, his condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest at 6 pm. Resuscitation was attempted but the stalwart passed away at 6:30 pm. ILBS joins the country in mourning the loss of this beloved leader," the hospital said in a statement.

The 80-year-old activist was a former MLA from Haryana and he had also founded a political party, Arya Sabha, that was based on the principles of the Arya Samaj in 1970. Swami Agnivesh was also an advocate for dialogue between religions.

He was involved with several social movements including Anna Hazare's India Against Corruption's campaign in 2011 to implement the Jan Lokpal Bill. The Arya Samaj leader had extensively worked in various areas of social activism including campaigns against female foeticide and the emancipation of women.

Condoling his demise, lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan alleged that his liver got damaged after he was attacked by 'a BJP/RSS lynch mob two years ago in  Jharkhand.'

"The demise of Swami Agnivesh is a huge tragedy. A true warrior for humanity&tolerance. Among the bravest that I knew, willing to take huge risks for public good.Was brutalised in Jharkhand by a BJP/RSS lynch mob 2 yrs ago. Liver got damaged. RIP Agnivesh ji (sic)," Bhushan said on Twitter.

Veteran actress Shaban Azmi expressed grief over the death of Swami Agnivesh. "Very saddened by the passing away of #Swami Agnivesh due to multi-organ failure. Influenced by Liberation Theology he worked to rescue and rehabilitate bonded labourers and was a force to reckon with in the eighties. RIP (sic)," she tweeted.

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