An Indian leader was hospitalised after drinking water from a sacred river in an attempt to demonstrate that it was clean and safe.
Bhagwant Mann, the Punjab region’s chief minister, was filmed drinking a full glass of water from the Kali Bein. According to The Indian Express, the rivulet is considered holy because it is believed that the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, bathed in its water and attained enlightenment there.
Mann was attempting to demonstrate the effectiveness of a 22-year river cleanup project, according to the Express. While there, he announced a statewide project to clean up rivers and drains, according to India Today.
Mann’s Aam Admi Party tweeted the video on Sunday, writing in Punjabi about the cleanup and the rivulet’s religious significance.
According to Indian television network NDTV, officials denied any link between the hospital visit and the water, claiming it was a routine checkup.
However, the Express reported, citing unnamed sources, that the illness was caused by the water. Mann developed a severe stomachache and had to be airlifted to the hospital for tests, according to the outlet.
Mann was released late Wednesday and was scheduled to meet with officials on Thursday, according to journalist Gagandeep Singh’s tweet.