Economist Jean Dreze detained for holding public meet on Jharkhand starvation deaths, released later
District administration claimed that they had not been informed about the meeting, and the action was taken as a precautionary measure since the MCC has been imposed in view of the Lok Sabha polls.
RANCHI: Noted social economist Jean Dreze, along with two other right to food activists in Jharkhand, were detained by the police at Bishunpura in Garhwa on Thursday allegedly for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) as they were holding a public meeting without permission from the district administration. They were released after being held for over two hours.
Dreze after being freed from detention alleged that nowhere is it written in the model code that peaceful and non-political meetings on issues related to masses could not be conducted. “It is really unfortunate that understanding of democracy is shrinking day by day in India and rights of the people being snatched away gradually. It is important to express your words during elections,” said the social economist.
He also told that they were being forced to furnish a bond mentioning that they did not have any complaint against the government but they refused to do so.The other two activists, who were also detained along with Dreze, include president Vivek Kumar Gupta and secretary Anuj Kumar Gupta of Dehan Group, which was organising the programme in connection with ration, pension, education and employment.
Shocking beyond words!— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) March 28, 2019
Jean Dreze is a saint-economist, a potential Nobel awardee who lived in slums, written and done more for the poor than any economist, shunned all power and glory, took up Indian citizenship, is a pacifist.
Nothing can be more shameful than arresting him. https://t.co/KagTeBhFV8
They claimed that they had sought permission for organising the programme from district administration, but no reply was received. The district administration, however, claimed that they were informed about the meeting and action was taken as a precautionary measure.