Varavara Rao’s condition worsens

July 16, 2020: After incarcerating him for close to two years on baseless allegations, the authorities deliberately held him under inhuman conditions without medical assistance, despite his age and poor health. Now his family reports that upon transfer to a hospital, he was left there without any assistance, lying in a pool of urine, surrounded by policemen, but no nurses of medical staff nearby. Today, according to media reports, he has tested positive for COVID-19. This is nothing short of an attempt to carry out a state-sanctioned murder, of a celebrated revolutionary poet whose only crime was to offer his poetry, and his life, for the liberation of the weak and oppressed of society.

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