September 11, 2020 09:13 PM

New Delhi (Face2News)

  Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh (80) reportedly passed away after the working of organs failed to work due to  liver cirrhosis at the Institute of Liver and Billary Sciences (ILBS) on Friday. He was admitted on Tuesday and was put on ventilator from that day.  

Swami Agnivesh, a former MLA from Haryana, founded a political party, Arya Sabha, that was based on the principles of the Arya Samaj in 1970. He is also an advocate for dialogue between religions.He is involved in various areas of social activism including campaigns against female foeticide and the emancipation of women. He was a prominent associate of Anna Hazare during the India Against Corruption's campaign in 2011 to implement the Jan Lokpal Bill.

In 2008, Swami addressed a gathering at the Anti-Terrorism Global Peace Conference, Ramlila Ground which was organised by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and other Islamic organisations. In his address, he said that "It is wrong to attribute the wrongdoings of a few individuals to the whole community."

He had alsp supported Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind's demand to ban the singing of Vande Mantaram by Muslims in India. In Feb 2011, Swami helped in negotiating with Maoists to free five abducted policemen. In March 2011, Maoist forces allegedly killed three members of the Chhattisgarh security and police forces. Subsequently, the security forces attacked and burned the Maoist village. As Swami tried to bring relief in the affected village, angry mob allegedly comprising Chhattisgarh Special Police officers and former members of Salwa Judum pelted stones at Swami's vehicle for his advocacy in the Maoist cause.   (Input agencies)

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