Today BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Social activist Swami Agnivesh died after a cardiac arrest on Friday evening at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Delhi. He was 80. He was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday where Swami Agnivesh was being treated for liver cirrhosis. He was put on ventilator support.

“My deep condolences upon the passing away of veteran Arya Samaj leader, crusader against bonded labour and my old friend Swami Agniveshji. May the departed soul rest in peace,” Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi tweeted.

Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu wrote, “Saddened to learn about the demise of social activist & Arya Samaj leader, Swami Agnivesh. He worked relentlessly against bonded labor. May his soul rest in peace.”

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Swami Agnivesh was led by his conscience and all through his life remained a relentless voice for the oppressed and unheard. “On behalf of the people of Kerala, I offer our deepest condolences,” he tweeted.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee expressed condolence at the passing of Swami Agnivesh. She said Swami Agnivesh gave up his career as a professor in Kolkata to fight for several causes. “Grieved at the passing of Swami Agnivesh, who gave up a career as a professor in Kolkata to fight for many causes. My condolences to his friends and followers,” she posted.

In July 2018 Swami Agnivesh was brutally assaulted, allegedly by BJP Yuva Morcha workers chanting “Jai Sri Ram”, in Jharkhand’s Pakur, where he was supporting tribal communities’ protest against land acquisition by the state.