Bhopal: The government has managed to pacify scores of naga babas and restrained them from laying siege to CM House on Sunday. The government has assured the sadhus to address their grievances within 15 days. Earlier, the babas staged a sit-in at Yadgar-e-Shahjahani Park over illegal sand mining in Narmada river belt.

The Peeved sadhus have trouped to Bhopal from all across the state to gherao CM House but they were restricted to the park. Later authorities met them placating them to drop their plan of lying siege to CM house. They assured that government will look into their allegations. The government sought 15-day time from them for addressing the issues. Sadhus handed over a memorandum to ADM GP Mali in presence of CSP Bhupendra Singh.

In their memorandum, jointly addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the sadhus have demanded action against people carrying out illegal mining in Narmada river belt.

In their memorandum they also reminded the government of their forgotten promises including regular cleaning of Narmada river ghats, probe into the plantation of 6 crore saplings on the bank of the river, illegal sand mining and others. They have also sought an apology from the government for their “divide and rule” policy stating that by allotting cabinet status to a few hand-picked Babas, the government has created a rift between them.

Alleging financial anomalies in sapling plantation drive, Bairagyanand Giri Maharah of Panchayati Niranjani Akhara said that the government should at the earliest institute probe into the scam. “Similarly, crores of rupees were spent on CM Narmada Yatra, which was politically motivated. We spiritual leaders had believed that Yatra would rejuvenate the river, however the government stand exposed as it was for scoring political points.” Bairagyanand Giri warned that the sadhus will launch a mass to bring the truth before public if government fails to take action on their demands. We have given 15-day time to government for the same, he added.

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