Poet and activist Varavara Rao’s health is getting worse in jail. His wife spoke to him over the phone today. He sounded unstable and was talking about his dead parents. One of his co-accused who has been assigned the duty to take care of him had to step in and inform us that he needs to be urgently moved to a hospital for better treatment.
His daughter while speaking to the wire.com said that his medical report is showing that his sodium and creatinine levels are below normal. He needs urgent medical attention.Neither government nor jail authorities have done anything in this regard.
SOS: #VaraVararao is seriously ill. Called up wife Hemalatha today, has been hallucinating about death of his long gone parents. Person with him in jail told family over phone that VV is in #verybadshape. Delirious. Unable to walk or brush teeth! #RT for urgent hospitalization. pic.twitter.com/PJtMrCSG7Z
— Meera Sanghamitra (@meeracomposes) July 11, 2020
Rao who has been in 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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