Ram Janmabhoomi Trust chief Mahant Nritya Gopal Das tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. Sources told News18 that Das, who is currently in Mathura, was experiencing breathing difficulties after which doctors were called in to treat him. He is now being moved to Medanta hospital in Gurgaon.
Eighty-year-old Das had travelled to Mathura for organising the Krishna Janmashtami celebrations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who laid the foundation stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on August 5, had shared the stage with the Ram Temple Trust head. Others who were present at the stage were Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Anandiben Patel and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a tweet in Hindi, said that he has received the news of the Ram Janmabhoomi Trust chief testing positive for coronavirus while adding that he had spoken to Dr Naresh Trehan of Medanta hospital and requested for immediate medical attention.
.@ShriRamTeerth के अध्यक्ष पूज्य महंत श्री नृत्य गोपाल दास जी महाराज के कोरोना संक्रमित होने की सूचना प्राप्त हुई। उन्हें त्वरित चिकित्सकीय सुविधा उपलब्ध कराने हेतु मेदांता अस्पताल के डॉ. नरेश त्रेहन से वार्ता की है। प्रभु श्री राम से उनके शीघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभ हेतु प्रार्थना है। — Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) August 13, 2020
A statement from the chief minister's office also said the CM had spoken to DM Mathura, Das' followers and Dr Trehan of Medanta Hospital. Adityanath requested for immediate medical attention towards Das' condition at Medanta, the statement said. It added that he has directed Mathura District Magistrate to provide all possible support and medical attention to the patient.
Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust was formed earlier in the year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced its formation on February 5. It was set up to oversee construction of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya.
Last week, PM Modi broke ground and laid a silver brick, the first in the construction of a Ram Temple in the temple town at the site believed to be the Hindu god’s birthplace and where the Babri Masjid once stood.