Poet Varavara Rao tests positive for COIVD-19

Varavara Rao

Varavara Rao, activist, and poet who is currently in jail in the Bhima Koregaon case has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to reports, Rao was shifted to the JJ Hospital on Monday after he complained of dizziness. Family members have maintained that the 80-year-old has been experiencing health problems for quite some time.

Rao, who has been in the jail since his arrest in June 2018, for his alleged role in the Elgar Parishad- Koregaon Bhima case of Maharashtra, was, along with other accused, moved from Pune’s Yerwada prisons to Taloja central jail in the outskirts of Mumbai earlier this year. This was just a few days before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in India. Since then, the condition, especially in Mumbai, has been worrisome.

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