Bhima Koregaon case: NIA summons Varavara Rao's two sons-in-law on September 9

South India

One of the sons-in-law Satyanarayana termed the NIA notice summoning them to give statement as witness before it as distressing

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) summoned the sons-in-law of revolutionary poet P Varavara Rao to appear before it on September 9 and to give statement as witnesses in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case.

The two sons-in-law of Rao, English and Foreign Languages University Professor K Satyanarayana and Hyderabad-based senior journalist KV Kurmanath, have been asked by NIA’s Mumbai unit to give their statement before as witnesses under Section 91, 160 of CrPC in connection with Bhima Koregaon case on Wednesday.

The Maharashtra Police arrested Rao in August 2018 in connection with the violence took place in Bhima Koregaon near Pune in January that year.

In a statement, Satyanarayana said that he wished to share the distressing news that the NIA summoned him and his co-brother Kurnamath to appear before it as a witness, reported Telangana Today.

“My flat was raided by the Pune police in August 2018 under the pretext of collecting evidence against my father-in-law Rao. I stated then that I was in no way connected to the Bhima Koregaon case,” he was quoted as saying in the report.

Satyanarayana termed the NIA notice summoning them to give statement as witness before it as distressing.

Though Rao was released on bail following a Supreme Court order, he was arrested by the Pune Police again in November 20018 on the charge of being a part of an alleged Maoist conspiracy to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a charged denied by Rao and his family members.

Initially, Rao was lodged in Yerawada jail and later shifted to Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai.

In July this year, Rao had tested positive for COVID-19 and he was shifted to Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital for treatment. After discharging him, Rao was taken back to the jail.

Rao was arrested for his suspected links with the outlawed CPI (Maoist) which was allegedly behind the violence in Bhima Koregaon in January 2018 between two sections of people on the day of the bicentenary celebrations of the Bhima Koregaon battle. One person was killed and several injured in the violence that marred the celebrations.

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