Hany Babu, accused in Elgar Parishad case, tests positive for COVID-19

Babu was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in July 2020.

Press Trust of India May 15, 2021 15:38:34 IST
Hany Babu, accused in Elgar Parishad case, tests positive for COVID-19

According to a statement released by his family, Hany Babu was taken to the hospital on 12 May and has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Image via Twitter@AmbedkarSchool

Mumbai: Delhi University assistant professor Hany Babu, arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, tested positive for coronavirus infection on Thursday, his family said.

Babu was taken to government-run JJ Hospital here on 12 May night from prison, the family said in a statement.

"About 7.30 pm (on 13 May), when Hany's mother arrived at the hospital to meet her son, she was informed by a nurse that Hany has tested COVID positive. We are yet to receive any official information," it said.

He should be shifted from JJ Hospital to a multi- speciality hospital where he can be treated for COVID-19 as well his eye infection, it added.

Earlier, his family had said that Babu, lodged at Taloja Prison in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, was suffering from acute eye infection and should get proper treatment.

Babu was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in July 2020.

The Elgar Parishad case relates to alleged inflammatory speeches made at a conclave held in Pune on 31 December 2017, which the police claimed triggered violence the next day near the Koregaon- Bhima war memorial.

Pune Police claimed the conclave was backed by Maoists. Later, the case was taken over by the NIA. Several other activists including Sudha Bharadwaj and Varavara Rao were arrested in the case.

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