New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: President of Swaraj India Yogendra Yadav and other popular faces, including ex-MPs Dharamvir Gandhi, Sandeep Dixit, Youth leader Umar Khalid, President of AISA Sucheta De, Col. Jaiveer and Nadeem Khan are among those who are detained across several parts of the country amid a stir over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. Besides them, Left leaders D Raja, Sitaram Yechury, Nilotpal Basu and Brinda Karat were also detained this afternoon at Delhi's Mandi House during anti-CAA protest.
Yadav was the first to inform that he was detained and termed it as an honour-- tweeting out he said," I have just been detained from Lal Qila. About a thousand protests already detained. Thousands on the way. Am told we are being taken to Bawana."
Umar Khalid, who was picked up by cops from Red fort said, "Picked up by Delhi Police from Red Fort. We had gathered to protest against the divisive CAB-NRC on Ashfaq & Bismil's martyrdom day. I appeal to all peacefully keep protesting till unconstitutional CAB-NRC is rolled back. This is something we owe to Ashfaq & Bismil's sacrifice."
Meanwhile, Historian Ramchandra Guha was reportedly dragged by police mid-interview on Thursday. The 61-year-old was participating in a protest at the Town Hall where section 144 was imposed.
The mass detentions comes on the day when protestors took the streets despite prohibitory orders leading to massive jams in many parts of the national capital with authorities barricading roads, imposing restrictions on traffic and suspending internet services to clamp down on planned protests against the CAA-- which critics say discriminates against the Muslims. The Delhi-Gurgaon border was among the worst affected.
The cops have also imposed a ban on large gatherings under section 144 of the CrPc near Red Fort in Delhi-- the starting point of one of the proposed rallies. Police are inspecting every car entering the city to ensure nobody is joining the march called by the Left-leaning parties.