Fasting Cong MP Disappears from Hospital, Search On

Police is searching Congress parliamentarian from Vijayawada L Rajagopal, who disappeared from a city hospital where he was admitted after being brought from a site of fast-unto-death he has been observing over Telangana issue.

According to reports, Rajagopal walked out of the hospital room yesterday night and got into a waiting car as a mob of hundreds of Congress workers had gathered outside and facilitated his escape rendering 300-odd police personnel confused.

Police said that Rajagopal, who was admitted to Government General Hospital in Vijayawada and had been there for three days, demanded that he was shifted to the NIMS Hospital in Hyderabad.

Protesting bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the Congress MP has been on an indefinite hunger strike for last nine days. He was forcibly evicted from the camp four days ago and shifted to the hospital.

Doctors had said that his condition was deteriorating, but he had declined to take any medical aide. State Human Rights Commission had directed that he be shifted to NIMS immediately.

However, the state government did not comply with the SHRC order as it feared that his admission to NIMS might cause a law and order problem in the state capital in the wake of protests by Telangana supporters.

The Krishna district administration wanted to shift the MP to NRI Hospital at Mangalagiri, 15 kms away from here, reports said.

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