Ramachandra Guha Yogendra Yadav among those detained while protesting against Citizenship Act

Noted historian Ramchandra Guha and Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav were among several people who were detained while protesting against the Citizenship Act and National Registers of Citizens (NRC) on Thursday. While Guha was detained at Townhall in Bengaluru, Yadav was taken into custody from Red Fort in Delhi.

The Swaraj India leader took to Twitter to confirm his detention. “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,” Yogendra Yadav tweeted.

“It is 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 said in another tweet.

“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,” Yadav said.

Guha termed his detention “absolutely undemocratic”, saying the police were not allowing even a peaceful protest. Bengaluru City police maintained that protesters have violated prohibitory orders.