Varavara Rao condition deteriorates in jail

Rao who has been in jail since his arrest in June 2018. His condition has been worsening since May.

Varavara Rao

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.

She mentioned that he has barely been able to move and has been speaking incoherently about incidents from his childhood. He is not even able to brush his teeth. He should be immediately shifted to the hospital.
Rao began to deteriorate after he had a fall on May 28 inside the prison. He was in an unconscious state when he was moved to the state-run J.J. hospital for a few days before being moved back to the prison.
Soon after his health first worsened in May, the family had moved the court seeking urgent bail. The family claim that in order to oppose their bail application, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had moved him back to the prison, abruptly stopping his medication in the process.

His daughter while speaking to the 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.

Rao is 82 years old.

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.

Also read: Bhima Koregaon case: 40 eminent poets including Gulzar write an open letter demanding poet Varavara Rao’s release








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April 2024



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