This video shows the abduction of Brahmachari Yajnanand by masked men at the Matri Sadan ashram on November 11, 2009.

Yajnanand had been fasting to protest illegal sand and stone mining in the Ganges riverbed when local authorities came to inquire after his health. When Yajnanand emerged from his room, he was grabbed and jailed and force-fed for two months until a court ordered him freed.

Swami Shivanand, the leader of Matri Sadan, gave me a copy of the video with explicit permission to share it on the Internet. The first section is extraneous -- best to start around 3:30.

For more on the Matri Sadan ashram and its battle against illegal mining in Haridwar, see

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