Even the family is not spared! Varavara Rao’s sons- in -law are summoned now!

As Varavara Rao and his family are under constant harassment with his arrest, incarceration without trial, denial of bail, criminal negligence on providing better medical care, now it seems the state wants to add some more distress to the family. Varavara Rao’s sons-in-law are now called by NIA for questioning.

You might be aware that their houses were raided on August 28, 2018, with a pretext of VV might be there at his daughters’ houses. However, Pune police reached Varavara Rao’s house on that day before 7 and found him at his house only and there was no need to search his daughters’ places for him.

See K Satyanarayana’s letter to friends on the latest harassment.

“Dear friends,
I wish to share the distressing news that NIA, Mumbai summoned me to appear before it as a witness under section 160 Cr.PC and also u/s 91 of Cr. PC on 09.09.2020. My co-brother K.V. Kurmanath, a senior journalist, was also summoned to appear at the same time and date.

As you know, my flat was raided by Pune police in August 2018 under the pretext of collecting evidence against my father in law and revolutionary poet Varavara Rao. I stated then that I was in no way connected to the Bhima Koregaon case. The fact of Varavara Rao being my father in law was used to raid my house and cause mental agony.

I remember how all of you had strongly condemned the raid on my flat and extended support. I thought it was all over. I am related to Varavara Rao but I have no connection with the Bhima Koregaon case.

NIA notice adds to our family distress at a time when Varavara Rao’s health condition is not very good and the pandemic is fast spreading in Mumbai. I am travelling to Mumbai in these terrible times. I need your support and best wishes.

Thank you.

K. Satyanarayana
Department of Cultural Studies,
The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

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