Jharkhand Police on Thursday arrested the renowned economist and social activist Jean Dreze along with two others for holding a meeting on Right to Food in Garhwa district of Jharkhand, without permission.
Dreze, along with social activist Vivek Kumar and Anuj Kumar were detained and taken to the Bishunpur police station, but released after four hours.
Upon the arrest, Vivek told that, “We had applied on March 22, to Pradeep Kumar, SDO, Garhwa District, for permission. Later, they had asked us to provide details such as the Aadhaar card of the head organiser. We had furnished all that was asked for but were never intimated anything.”
When Newsd reached out to an officer of Bishunpur police station, it was told that “Jean was holding a meeting without permission and was being questioned for the same.”
Jean Drèze is a Belgian-born social activist who has been influential in the economic policy making of his country. In his years in India since 1979, he has made wide-ranging contributions to development economics and public economics. He has promptly worked on social issues such as hunger, famine, gender inequality, child health and education, and the NREGA.