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Ram temple trust head Nritya Gopal Das tests positive for COVID-19

Last updated on: August 13, 2020 17:51 IST

The head of the Ram temple trust, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, 80, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and was rushed to the Medanta hospital in Gurgaon, officials said.


IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Ram temple trust Mahant Nritya Gopal Das during the bhoomi pujan event in Ayodhya held on August 5, 2020. Photograph: Press Information Bureau of India

According to the officials, Das was rushed to the Gurgaon hospital on instructions from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

"A team of doctors tested him for COVID-19 after the district administration was informed in the morning that he was feeling uneasy," Mathura District Magistrate (DM) Sarvagya Ram Mishra said.

He added that the process to identify those who had come in contact with Das in the recent past has started.

Adityanath has spoken to Mishra as also to Dr Naresh Trehan, the chairman and managing director of the Medanta hospital, and requested for immediate medical attention to Das, the officials said.

Das, who is also the president of the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Nyas, was at the Sri Krishna Janmasthan in Mathura till 1.30 am.

He had performed the 'abhishek' of the deity at the Bhagwat Bhavan from 11 pm to 1 am, Gopeshwar Nath Chaturvedi, a member of the Sri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan, said, adding that till then, he had not complained about his health.

On August 5, Das shared the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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