Varavara Rao (TOI file photo)
HYDERABAD: Chikkadpally police at the behest of Mumbai police on Friday night informed the family members of revolutionary writer Varavara Rao, who is an under trial prisoner in a jail at Maharashtra, that the writer was shifted to a hospital in Mumbai due to ill-health. Varavara Rao is an accused in 2018 Elgar Parishad case, which is being investigated by National Investigation Agency.
The family members of Varavara Rao told TOI that it was at 8pm they got the communication from Chikkadpally police, who claimed ignorant about the ailment for which the writer was taken to hospital.
From last several days, Varavara Rao’s family members have been demanding that he be released from the jail, considering that he is 80-years-old besides referring to his health problems.
“We have been suspecting from last few days that he is seriously unwell. Initially, he was kept in a hospital inside the jail and we were told by jail authorities that he is doing well. Now, by shifting him to JJ hospital, our fear turned true that the jail authorities have been lying by hiding the actual details of his health condition,” Professor K Satyanarayana, son-in-law of Varavara Rao, told TOI.
The writer’s family on Friday afternoon staged protest inside their house by showing a placard “Release Political Prisoners”, “Release revolutionary poet Varavara Rao immediately”. Hours later, they got information about his ill-health.
“One of the main reasons why we have been insisting for his release is that, one of the prisoner at the jail, where my father was lodged, test positive for coronavirus. Since he is 80-years-old, he has high risk of contracting, I am my two other sisters jointly wrote letters to various persons in Maharashtra government seeking their intervention for my father release,” Pavana, Varavara Rao’s daughter said.
The top brass of Hyderabad police initially raised doubts about the communication from Mumbai police and said that the caller who claimed himself a constable from Mumbai police, could be an impersonator.
Later, Hyderabad police commissioner in a tweet said that “It is learnt that Varavara 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 (Central Zone) for family to travel to Mumbai. We are coordinating with agencies in Mumbai.”