Renowned development economist, Jean Dreze, along with two others have been detained in Bishunpura, Jharkhand, for intending to hold a public meeting on issues such as Right to food. Dreze told The Wire that the police have denied permission to hold the meeting and want to charge the three activists. But, charges are yet to be framed.
“We want permission to hold the meeting today itself. Even evening. A big meeting was held in the same village last night without permission,” Dreze said.
He also said that the police have asked the activists to sign a bond stating that they ‘have no complaint against the government’. “We have refused to sign the bond. Now we are writing out our statement. They may let us out,” said Dreze.
The two others detained by the police are Vivek and Anuj, also members of the Right to Food Campaign.