Illegal Mining in Brij 84 Kos: Baba Vijay Das, who tried to immolate himself against illegal mining in Brij, has given up his life. Baba breathed his last at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi on Saturday morning around 2.30 am.
The saints were agitating for about 551 days in Pasopa Dham against illegal mining taking place for many years in Aadi Badri and Kankanchal hills, considered to be the Leela site of Shri Krishna.
In this movement, on 20th July, Baba Vijaya Das set himself on fire. who died in the early hours of Saturday.
According to the information, after the post-mortem, his body will be brought from Delhi to Bharatpur and he will be cremated in Barsana.
According to the sources, the last rites of Baba Vijay Das will be performed at the Shri Mataji Gaushala of Barsana Dham.
The body will be brought from Delhi to Barsana. Here Baba Vijay Das's 16-year-old granddaughter will bid him a final farewell.
The last darshan of the baba will be given to the common people at his movement site Pasopa. Mahant Radhakant Shastri, the working president of Man Mandir, said that this decision was taken after a meeting of sages and villagers.
Illegal mining is being done in Bharatpur and Brij area for the last several years. The dispute was about Aadi Badri and Kankanchal hills. Aadi Badri and Kankanchal hills are considered as the Leela place of Lord Shri Krishna.
For about 551 days, the saints were agitating against this mining. Mining did not stop even after assurances from CM Gehlot and Congress General Secretary.
In the end Baba Vijay Das decided to sacrifice his life to stop mining and set himself on fire on 20th July. In the self-immolation, 85% of Baba's body was burnt.
Soon Baba was admitted to RBM Hospital in Bharatpur. After that he was referred to SMS Hospital in Jaipur, but when the situation became critical, he was referred to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. Where on the morning of July 23, the soul of Baba Vijaya Das left his body.
However, the government had announced to declare the disputed area as a protected forest area on the day of self-immolation.
Illegal mining is going on for the last several years. This was also opposed in the Vasundhara government. From 11 January 2021, this movement was going on continuously in Pasopa Dham of Bharatpur.
The saints were constantly struggling to save their mythological heritage. But the louse was not crawling on the ears of the administration.
It is not that the CM was not aware of this matter. Chief Minister Gehlot and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi had met these saints and discussed their problems regarding illegal mining and the status of these mythological, religious heritage.
But both times the saints got only assurance, not action. Since Independence had already disclosed in news about this mining and the elimination of Shri Krishna's Leela sites.
The state government called a meeting on the day of Baba's attempt to immolate himself and declared the disputed land a protected forest area in 15 day
The Gehlot government of the state has remained silent on this issue for the last several years. Not only the sadhus, the general public and the Congress MLAs themselves have warned the government against illegal mining. But the government remains a mute spectator every time.
This silence of the government points towards the truth of the claims made in the letter of Sangod MLA Bharat Singh. MLA Bharat Singh had written a letter to the state government on July 22, saying that the state's mining minister is the biggest mining mafia in the state.
Baba Vijay Das was a native of Badhwana village in Haryana's Bhiwani. In 2022 Baba Vijay Das became a saint of Maan Mandir, Barsana. Prior to this he was a designer expert in a garment factory in Faridabad.
His son and daughter-in-law were killed in an accident, after which he started living with his granddaughter Durga in Maan Mandir, Barsana.