In the wake of arrested revolutionary poet Varavara Rao’s admission to JJ Hospital, Mumbai, from Taloja Jail amidst varied news reports, his wife P. Hemalatha has requested the Central and State governments of Maharashtra and Telangana to enable the family members know the actual status of Mr. Rao’s health condition by arranging a video conference with him immediately.

Since the noted revolutionary poet took part in Telangana movement ever since 1969, as a worthy son of Telangana, it is the responsibility of Telangana government to take care of his health, well-being and security, she said.

Ms. Hemalatha, who is not in good health and under severe stress for the last 12-14 hours and 18 months in general, said she was not in a position to travel. As a legal attempt to get permission for the family to meet him was being undertaken in Mumbai, if the court grants permission, her family members would go to Mumbai to visit him in hospital. It is enough if the government would give permission needed in the context of COVID-19 and the family would take care of its travel arrangements.

Statement by P Hemalatha.

Through the local Chikkadapalli police we came to know around 8.30 pm on Friday that Varavara Rao’s health condition was precarious and he was moved to JJ Hospital, Mumbai from Taloja jail. They told us that they got that one sentence information from Pune police and did not know any further details.

Then after three-four hours of gruelling anxiety and enquiries, we came to know that Varavara Rao fell unconscious on Thursday evening in jail, moved to the hospital and by Friday evening all vitals recorded normal. A health bulletin by JJ Hospital and an official brief to the media were in in the public domain. On the other hand, another news appeared that he was hospitalised in Taloja jail for three days and then only had to be moved to JJ Hospital. In these various news items, we do not know which contains how much truth and gives out the exact health condition. In the meanwhile, the statement by Telangana police officials that they would make arrangements for the family to visit Mumbai, is much more worrying.


On my part, right now I am not in a position to travel to Mumbai as I am 72, not in good health and under severe stress for the last 12-14 hours in particular and 18 months in general. Moreover, a legal attempt to get permission for the family to meet him is being undertaken in Mumbai. If the court grants permission, our family members would go to Mumbai to visit him in hospital. It is enough if the government gives permissions needed in the context of Covid-19 and we take care of our travel arrangements.
In this context, I request the Central government and the state governments of Maharashtra and Telangana on the following:

1. To enable the family members know the actual status of Varavara Rao’s health condition, a video conference with him should be arranged immediately.

2. As Varavara Rao has already undergone 18 months of incarceration on fabricated charges and without any trial, he should be released immediately on bail.

3. If the news of falling unconscious is true, comprehensive medical examination should be initiated to find out the reasons.

4. He had pre-existing health issues like Piles, Prostate Enlargement, Coronary Artery Disease, Oedema, Hypertension, Acidity, Sinus/migraine and a thorough medical examination by an expert team of doctors on which of these reasons or any other new reason led to the present emergency has to be initiated immediately.

5. The Union Home Ministry should direct the NIA which has been acting in a particularly vindictive manner against Varavara Rao and his co-accused. Deputy Home Minister G Kishan Reddy, who himself is a Telugu person, should take this responsibility.

6. Since the world renowned revolutionary poet Varavara Rao took part in Telangana movement ever since 1969 as a worthy son of Telangana, it is the responsibility of Telangana government to take care of his health, well-being and security.

P Hemalatha, 72 yrs.(Wife of Varavara Rao)
May 30, 2020,

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