A day after he was sent to police custody, writer and poet Varavara Rao was taken to Sassoon Hospital in Pune on Monday after he complained of difficulty in breathing, news agency ANI reported.
Earlier, a Pune court on Sunday sent Rao to police custody till November 26 in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case. The activist was taken into custody after the duration of his house arrest granted by the Hyderabad High court ended.
Police have alleged that Rao was a senior and active leader of the banned CPI-Maoist and was involved in a range of activities, including procurement of weapons through contacts in Nepal and Manipur, and carrying out attacks in Surjagad in Gadhchiroli.
Rao was arrested along with activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Gautam Navlakha, on August 28 over alleged links with the CPI-Maoist and for organising the Elgaar Parishad event on December 31 that allegedly led to the Bhima Koregaon violence.