Varavara Rao Taken To J J Hospital In Mumbai, #ReleaseVaravaraRao Trends On Twitter

 - Sakshi Post

MUMBAI: Telugu revolutionary poet and activist Varavara Rao has been taken to the state-run J J Hospital here after he complained of dizziness, his lawyer said on Tuesday, July 14.

"Rao was taken to the J J Hospital on Monday night after he felt dizzy. The hospital is conducting a few tests on him," the activist's advocate R Satyanarayan Iyer was quoted saying by a news agency.

Rao, 80, accused in Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, has been behind bars for almost two years and is lodged at the Taloja jail in neighbouring Navi Mumbai.

The activist and his family members have said that he is unwell for sometime. Rao's family members on Sunday sought the jail authorities to provide him immediate medical care and claimed that when they contacted them last week he was in a "delirious state and hallucinating".

On Monday, Rao filed two petitions in the Bombay High Court, seeking temporary bail owing to his deteriorating health and a direction to the jail authorities to produce his medical records and admit him to a state-run or private hospital.

Following the news of his ill-health, several concerned citizens, activists as well as academicians have called for the release of the distinguished activist. #ReleaseVaravaraRao and #FreeVaravaraRao have been top trends on Twitter.

Rao has been in jail for about 22 months and had earlier approached the special NIA court, seeking bail on medical grounds and the prevailing COVID-19 situation. However, it rejected the plea on June 26 on grounds that he has been booked under stringent provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), following which he moved the high court.

Rao and nine other activists have been arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, which was initially probed by the Pune Police and later transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in January this year. The case related to alleged inflammatory speeches made at the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which the police claimed triggered violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial. The police have also claimed the conclave was organised by people with alleged Maoist links.

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