Historian Ramachandra Guha was dragged by the police mid-interview as he was detained along with dozens in Bengaluru today during a protest against the Citizenship law. The 61-year-old was participating in a protest at the Town Hall in the city where Section 144 or a ban on large gatherings was enforced last evening ahead of today’s protests.
“I have been detained by police for holding a poster of Gandhi and speaking about the constitution to the press,” Ramachandra Guha told NDTV.
“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?”
Even before he could finish the sentence, Mr Guha was pulled away bodily by a group of policemen while talking to NDTV and shoved into a bus that was driving off with detained protesters.
Later, Bengaluru police chief Bhaskar Rao appealed to people of the city to not “mar daily life” in “an international destination where people had come from parts of the country and world to study and do economic activities”.