A specialist in dairy science, Bansal joined Patanjali’s dairy business in January 2018 when the company announced its intention to sell packaged cow’s milk and other milk-based products including curds, buttermilk. and cheese.
“He died of COVID-19 on May 19 at Rajasthan Hospital in Jaipur, where his wife is a very senior health official in the government of Rajasthan,” the Haridwar-based company said in a statement.
His death comes at a time when Ramdev is courting controversy over his comments on allopathic drugs and COVID-19. The statement also reflected this.
“Patanjali played no role in his allopathic treatment which was largely coordinated by his wife,” he said. “However, we were worried and used to ask his wife for his welfare.”
On Sunday, Ramdev was forced to withdraw a statement made in a viral music video in which it is heard that “lakhs died after taking allopathic drugs for COVID-19”.
He is also heard questioning some of the drugs used to treat the disease.
The statement was met with strong protests from the doctors’ association, following which Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked it to withdraw the “extremely unfortunate” statement.
“It is very unfortunate to have lost an energetic young colleague who was head of mission,” Patanjali said in the statement on Bansal’s death.