Hyderabad: Revolutionary writer and left-wing activist Varavara Rao (81) currently lodged in Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai, has been admitted to JJ Hospital falling under Visrambagh police station in Pune. The news has caused worry to his family in Hyderabad, who have been advocating for his release.
Mr. Varavara Rao and eight others were arrested by Pune police in 2018, for allegedly plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They are also accused in the Bhima-koregaon violence in Maharashtra.
It is learnt that Sri Varavar Rao has been admitted to JJ Hospital at Mumbai while in judicial custody . The matter is being informed to family members and necessary passes are being issued by DCP CZ for family to travel to Mumbai . We are coordinating with agencies at Mumbai .
— Anjani Kumar, IPS, Stay Home Stay Safe. (@CPHydCity) May 29, 2020
Speaking to NewsMeter, Mr N.Venugopal, a family member said, “Varavara Rao’s wife Hemalatha, received a call from Chikkadpally police station in Hyderabad, informing that her Mr Rao, has been admitted to the hospital. Besides this no details were shared by the police, neither did they direct us to concerned police officials in Pune.”
He further adds, “However, three days ago, a prisoner who was released from the Taloji jail called Varavara Rao’s wife and informed her that his condition is bad. As a result of which the family demanded for his immediate release, a joint statement was released by friends and supports. They tried to contact the Maharashtra government, but all attempts failed”.
It is to note, the advocate representing the left-wing activist, once again moved the court with a bail petition. The bench hearing the case asked the police investigating the case, to submit the medical reports. However, because the police failed to submit the report, the case was adjourned to June 2nd.
“Even lawyers are not allowed to meet the Telugu writer in the jail, leave alone the family. He is suffering from seven pre-existing ailments, including heart ailments. The wife and daughter are in touch with friends and well-wishers in Mumbai. They are yet to decide whether to travel to Mumbai, anticipating incorporation of the police,” the family member added.
It has been 18 months since the left-wing activist is lodged in Navi Mumbai jail. According to the family members the trials are yet to begin.