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Protesting against CAA many activists, leaders detained across India

In such bedlam where oppositions, marches and protests are being carried out by thousands of people across the nation against CAA, historian Ramchandra Guha, on Thursday, was dragged by the police mid-interview and was detained along with dozens in Bengaluru for voicing against the Citizenship law.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 19 Dec 2019 8:34 AM GMT

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New Delhi: In a democratic country where people are given the right to protest silently, police all over the India is detaining anyone who is voicing against the 'discriminatory act', CAA and in such a mayhem, Scores of protesters, including historian Ramachandra Guha, were detained by the Delhi Police while Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit and activist Yogendra Yadav were also taken into custody.

In such bedlam where oppositions, marches and protests are being carried out by thousands of people across the nation against CAA, historian Ramchandra Guha, on Thursday, was dragged by the police mid-interview and was detained along with dozens in Bengaluru for voicing against the Citizenship law.

The 61-year-old was participating in a protest at the Town Hall in the city where Section 144 was enforced last evening ahead of today's protests.

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"I have been detained by police for holding a poster of Gandhi and speaking about the constitution to the press," Ramchandra Guha told media.

"The police are working under directions from central government. We are protesting non-violently against a discriminatory act, in a disciplined way. Look here, everyone is protesting peacefully. Have you seen any violence?", further added the historian.

Ramchandra Guha was then again pulled away bodily by a group of policemen while talking to media and shoved into a bus that was driving off with detained protesters.

Sandeep Dikshit, the son of former Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit was detained at Mandi House where section 144 has been imposed and is under heavy security deployment.

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The congress leader was protesting against the CAA when police crack down on the protesters and took them in custody. Talking about the incident Sandeep said,

"I went to the Red Fort protest. They didn't allow me to sit there. Then I heard the protest is happening at Mandi House. When I came here they detained me. I will continue to protest. If they stop me today, I will come tomorrow."

Challenging the CAA, National President of Swaraj India and activist Yogendra Yadav was also detained by the Delhi Police near the Red Fort during anti-CAA protest march.

"I have just been detained from Lal Qila. About a thousand protesters already detained. Thousands on the way. Am told we are being taken to Bawana," Yadav posted on a micro-blogging site.

Giving tribute to the martyrs of 1947, Ashfakulla Khan and Ramprasad Bismil, Yadav uploaded another post, which says "an honour to be detained on 19th of December, a small tribute to Ashfakulla Khan and Ramprasad Bismil".

"Happy to be in the company of Dr Dharamvir Gandhi, ex-MP, Patiala," he added.

"I know many of our mates are being detained, despite that many have gathered here. The citizenship of this country cannot be divided and this is our protest call today," the Swarajya Abhiyan chief told media.

Protests were scheduled to be carried out in many parts of the country today against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which gives non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to become citizens of India. Protesters say the law discriminates against Muslims and is a violation of the constitution.

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