Indian Politician Drinks ‘Holy’ River Water, Gets Hospitalized


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Indian politician Bhagwant Mann was hospitalized days after drinking water from a sacred river Sunday in the northern Punjab region of India, according to India Today. 

A video tweeted by Mann’s Aam party shows the exact moment that Mann dips a glass into the Kali Bein river and drinks out of it to prove how clean the water is.

The river is associated with Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhism, and is considered holy, according to Insider. (RELATED: Panther Spotted Swimming Across A River In Florida In Majestic Viral Video)

Mann, who is the chief minister (CM) of the Punjab region, drank out of the river to demonstrate the results of a 22-year project to clean the river, according to Zee News.

Mann was admitted to the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, a private institution in New Delhi, Wednesday night to undergo treatment after being diagnosed with a stomach infection, according to India Today.

Officials denied that there was any connection between Mann’s hospitalization and the river’s holy water, according to Insider. Mann started feeling symptoms Tuesday and was admitted to the hospital the same day with a “stomachache,” Zee News reported.

The Punjabi CM was discharged late Wednesday, according to a tweet by journalist Gagandeep Singh.

The river cleaning campaign that Mann tried championing by drinking the river’s water started in 2000 by environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, according to The Indian ExpressThe project started off successfully but progress has since slowed down, according to Insider.