Special Correspondent

They refuse to be taken to hospital

Swamis on fast said to be stable

Condition of Raju Kanta deteriorates

GULBARGA: The overall health of the leaders and pourakarmikas who are on an indefinite fast seems to have further deteriorated.

Janata Dal (Secular) leader Raju Kulageri has lost weight and has low blood pressure. Urine tests have revealed the presence ketones in his body, indicating damage to the kidneys.

Dr. Kulageri refused to be shifted to the government general hospital and preferred to continue his fast despite doctors seeking his relocation.

Similarly, the condition of Raju S. Kanta, son of S.K. Kanta, is also a cause for concern. Mr. Raju has also lost weight and his blood pressure is low. Doctors have advised the police to shift him to hospital too.

The condition of the four pourakarmikas — Shivakumar Malleshappa, Vittal Manohar, Saibanna Mallapur and Siddarth Shantappa — who have also been on fast for the past five days, has worsened. They have lost weight and are suffering from blood pressure problems. Their urine samples too have shown presence of ketones.

Although the doctors attending to them had asked the police to shift them to hospital immediately, the pourakarmikas refused to budge. The police efforts urging them to cooperate were in vain.

Janata Dal (S) leader Manzur Patel Kudi, a physically challenged person, who began his fast on Thursday, was shifted to the government hospital on Friday after the doctors detected several health complications during his health check-up.

The condition of the six swamis of different Veerashaiva maths in the district, who also joined in the fast, was reported to be stable.