Wife of Vara Vara Rao moves court, demands to know his health status

Wife of renowned poet and activist P Vara Vara Rao on Saturday demanded that the Maharashtra government should reveal the actual status of his health, in the wake of reports that he had been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai following a deterioration of his condition.

Rao, who had been arrested in November 2018 in the Bhima Koregaon, had been kept in Taloja Jail.

Rao’s wife Hemalatha also pleaded that a video conference be arranged with her partner immediately so that the family could understand his condition, Rao’s friend told Maktoob over phone.

She told media on Saturday that she had come to know from the local police in Hyderabad that Rao’s health condition was precarious and he had been moved to JJ Hospital, Mumbai from Taloja Jail.  

“.. meanwhile, the statement by Telangana police officials that they would make arrangements for the family to visit Mumbai, is much more worrying,” she said. On her part, she is not in a position to travel to Mumbai right now as she is 72 and not in good health. A legal attempt to get permission for the family to meet him is being undertaken in Mumbai, she said.

“It is enough if the government gives permission needed in the context of COVID-19 and we take care of our travel arrangements,” she added.

“It is learnt that Sri Varavar 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 CZ for family to travel to Mumbai. We are coordinating with agencies at Mumbai,” tweeted Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar. 

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