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Sadhu self-immolates to protest illegal mining in sacred Braj region: Rajasthan

A seer from Rajasthan who sustained 85 percent burn injuries after he attempted self-immolation to mark a protest against illegal mining was shifted to a hospital in Delhi on Thursday.

Baba Vijaydas Maharaj has been shifted to Delhi through road by creating a ‘green corridor’ as his condition remained critical. He was earlier shifted to the Jaipur-based SMS Hospital from Bharatpur on Wednesday night.

A special team of doctors has accompanied him. The doctors in SMS Hospital confirmed that the saint has sustained around 85 percent burn injuries.

Vijaydas Maharaj ji set himself on fire on Wednesday in protest against mining in Adibadri and Kankanchal mountains in the Deeg town of Bharatpur. These form part of the sacred Braj region associated with the life of Sri Krishna, which covers sites in UP, Rajasthan, and Haryana.

Screengrab from video of Sadhu who self-immolated

Meanwhile, in Bharatpur, the BJP staged demonstrations outside the district collectorate on Thursday morning.

BJP district president Shailesh Singh said: “Baba Vijaydas Maharaj was compelled to attempt self-immolation. This incident is very shameful and it happened because of the Chief Minister’s negligence. Therefore, BJP demands the resignation of CM Ashok Gehlot on moral grounds.”

A memorandum was also submitted to the collector demanding CM Gehlot’s resignation, and strong action against guilty officials. Meanwhile, the seers ended their one-and-a-half-years long dharna in Bharatpur on Wednesday night after Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Vishvendra Singh reached the site of protest, and handed over a letter from the government giving assurance to fulfill the saints’ demands.

A few days back, Haryana Police DSP Surendra Singh Bishnoi was crushed to death by the illegal mining mafia in Nuh (Mewat), Haryana. The accused truck driver Shabbir was arrested from Bharatpur’s Gangora village.

(With IANS inputs)

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