‘Holy’ river water sends Indian politician to hospital

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It was all fine until Bhagwant Mann ended up in hospital three days later (Picture: Gagandeep Singh

An Indian politician who said he was drinking ‘holy water’ from a polluted river ended up in hospital with a stomach infection three days later.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was admitted to hospital in Delhi on Wednesday.

He had drunk the water from the Kali Bein river, ironically on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of its cleaning, in Sultanpur Lodhi on Sunday.

During he visit, he had announced the launch of a statewide campaign to clean rivers and drains in the state.

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While he was at the hospital, doctors diagnosed him with a stomach infection, according to the New Indian Express.

He was kept under observation by a team of medical experts for two days before being discharged on Thursday.

Indian politician drinks holy river water to prove cleanliness, is hospitalised
Indian politician drinks holy river water to prove it's definitely not polluted...hospitalised with stomach infection three days afterwards
He took a scoop from the river (Picture: Gagandeep Singh)
Indian politician drinks holy river water to prove it's definitely not polluted...hospitalised with stomach infection three days afterwards
The ‘holy water’ turned out not to be so holy (Picture: Gagandeep Singh)

Mr Mann is not the only person who believes they were drinking something for a good cause.

Harry Matadeen, started drinking his own pee in 2016 and swears it has ‘cured’ his depression.

He drinks a 200ml cup of pee each day, some of it near a month old. Harry described the fluid as an ‘acquire taste’, adding that his more-aged urine tends to have a more ‘refined’ taste.

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