Let $X,Y$ be smooth algebraic surfaces and $\pi:X\to Y$ be a double cover. Let $B\subseteq Y$ be the branch locus. We assume that $B$ is nef, big and smooth.
 says that $\pi_1(X)\cong\pi_1(Y)$ (See page 796). Why is it true?
R.V.Gujar, B.P. Purnaprajna, On the Shafarevich conjecture for genus-2 fibrations, Math. Ann. (2009),343:791-800.